Dangerous Weekend: Three Bad Accidents, Two Fatalities


It was a particularly dangerous weekend on the region's roadways. 

A Jerome man was killed in the early morning hours of March 1 following a one-vehicle accident on I-84 in Jerome County. Adrian Torres, 21, a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 21-year-old Bruno Vargas, was rushed to St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center. Officials said neither man was wearing a seatbelt.

Just before midnight on Feb. 28, a two-vehicle crash in Nampa sent one man to the hospital. The accident occurred near South Florida Avenue and Karcher Road. Police said Jose Contreras, 33, of Caldwell, suffered injuries after he failed to yield a stop sign, leading to the crash. Contreras was rushed to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Police said he was not wearing a seatbelt.

Meanwhile, investigators are still looking into a one-car crash that killed a man in the early morning hours of Feb. 28. The incident began when a Boise police officer spotted an SUV driving recklessly on Vista Avenue near West Targee Street. The SUV took off southbound on Vista and was spotted a short time later after it crashed into a building on the 2000 block of West Airport Way. The driver, the only occupant of the SUV, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.