Double Fatality Crash US95 at 483.1

“IDAHO STATE POLICE PRESS RELEASE —————————–

DATE:  July 24th, 2015       TIME: 12:26 p.m.    LOCATION: NB US95 at 483.1

ASSISTING AGENCIES: Bonner County Sheriff, Idaho Transportation Department

VEHICLE  #1
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DRIVER  Zhou, Yun      AGE 27  (Female)
ADDRESS Seattle, Washington
INJURIES? – Yes
HOSPITAL/LOCATION TAKEN ? Bonner General to Kootenai Health
VEHICLE YEAR  2014    VEHICLE MAKE Ford  VEHICLE MODEL Focus
WRECKER  A-1 Towing
SEATBELTS/HELMET WORN? Yes

PASSENGER(S)

NAME Yuan,Ling   AGE 50 (Female)
INJURIES? – Fatality
HOSPITAL/LOCATION TAKEN ? Kootenai Health
SEATBELTS? Yes

NAME Zhou, Jianxue  AGE 52 (Male)
INJURIES? – Fatality
HOSPITAL/LOCATION TAKEN ? Kootenai Health to Sacred Heart
SEATBELTS? No

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VEHICLE  #2
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DRIVER  Bowlby, Jennifer R    AGE 28
ADDRESS Bonners Ferry, Idaho
INJURIES? – No
HOSPITAL/LOCATION TAKEN ? N/A
VEHICLE YEAR  2005    VEHICLE MAKE Chrysler  VEHICLE MODEL Town and Country Van
WRECKER  Clydes Towing
SEATBELTS/HELMET WORN? Yes

PASSENGER(S)

NAME Brooks, Michelle L  AGE 39
ADDRESS Naples, Idaho
INJURIES? – No
HOSPITAL/LOCATION TAKEN ? N/A
SEATBELTS? Yes

Five juveniles in the vehicle, not injured, all wearing seatbelts and in car seats.

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VEHICLE #3
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DRIVER  Lippert, Harley L  AGE 39
ADDRESS  Sandpoint, Idaho
INJURIES? – No
HOSPITAL/LOCATION TAKEN ? N/A
SEATBELT? Unknown
VEHICLE YEAR 1988  VEHICLE MAKE Kenworth  VEHICLE MODEL Dump Truck
WRECKER Clydes Towing

INCIDENT NARRATIVE: Zhou was southbound on US95 at milepost 483.1 when she attempted to pass a southbound semi truck. Bowlby was northbound and swerved to avoid being stuck by Zhou. Zhou continued southbound in the northbound lane and struck Lippert head on.  The dump truck Lippert was driving then slide into Bowlby.  The vehicles came to rest on the east shoulder of the road.  The male and female passenger in Zhou’s vehicle were transported by Life Flight to Kootenai Health where the female was pronounced deceased.  The male was then transferred to Sacred Heart where he was later pronounced deceased.  Zhou was transported to Bonner General and later to Kootenai Health.  The road way was completely blocked for approximately 2 hours until one lane was opened for alternating traffic.  Investigation is ongoing.”

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