Possible Human Remains Found in Kingston:
Undersheriff Lindsey here. At this time, you will see a heavy police presence in the Kingston, Idaho area. At approximately 08:30 hours, the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office was notified of possible human remains located near an area under heavy roadway construction. Currently, the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office, the Shoshone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and the Idaho State Police are on-scene. More will be released on this incident as the investigation unfolds.
We are now in the second week of what is known as the "100 Deadliest Days of Driving," the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year. In 2017, 90 people died on Idaho's roadways during that timeframe. Since May 25th of this year, Idaho State Police troopers have already investigated 9 crashes that resulted in fatalities - to include three motorcycle fatality crashes - throughout our state. Unfortunately, it's clear we're trending toward a record number of fatality crashes this summer.
"With the recent spike in fatal crashes, I want to take this opportunity to implore Idahoans to be extra cautious while on our roadways this summer," said Colonel Kedrick Wills, ISP director. "It's easier than ever to become distracted and to lose focus on what matters while driving, which is to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road - and to remain sober and unimpaired. It only takes a moment to lose focus and to end up in a potentially fatal crash. Our hearts go out to the family members who are grieving the recent loss of their loved ones and also to the first responders who are always there; it never gets easier to work the scene of a fatal crash, especially when the victims include children."
Here are some reminders:
- Buckle up - it's the best defense if you're in a crash
- Slow down, be patient. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you're going.
- Drive sober! Impaired driving is a leading cause of accidents and resulting injuries and deaths on our roadways. Law enforcement will be watching closely this summer for signs of impaired driving.
- Just drive. Put down your phone and other distractions such as food.
- Give yourself some distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Use the three-second rule.
- Promptly report suspected impaired drivers and other hazardous drivers to law enforcement. On your mobile phone, dial *ISP (*477) or just dial 9-1-1.
For Immediate Release: <06/14/18 04:00am>
Please direct questions to the District Office
On June 14, 2018, just after midnight, the Idaho State Police investigated an injury crash near Cataldo, Idaho. Melissa K. Matuu, 29 year old female of Cheyenne, Wyoming was traveling westbound I90 near milepost 36 in a white 2014 Toyota Tundra when an elk crossed into the path of the vehicle and was struck. Matuu's vehicle was disabled and came to stop in the right-hand lane of travel. Passenger, Seth Matuu, 32 year old male of Cheyenne, Wyoming, got out of the vehicle and was trying to get three young children out of the vehicle when a semi-truck rear ended them. Matuu's pickup went off the roadway, onto the right shoulder and down an embankment. The 2016 Volvo semi-tractor, driven by Sergey I. Gud, 33 year old male of Federal Way, Washington, went off the left shoulder and came to a stop in the median. The Matuu family were removing seatbelts and child restraints at the time the semi impacted them and were all transported to Kootenai Health. Gud was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and was uninjured. The roadway was partially blocked for approximately 3 hours.
Idaho State Police -
On June 21, 2018 at approximately 2:47 p.m. a fatal crash occurred on State Highway 53 at Pleasant View Rd, in Hauser, Idaho. A silver 2014 Kia Forte driven by a female juvenile was stopped in the westbound turn lane on State Highway 53 and was turning onto southbound Pleasant View Rd when she collided with a black 2017 Harley Davidson Motorcycle driven by Chad M. Bangs, 44, of Spokane, Washington who was traveling eastbound on State Highway 53. Bangs was ejected from the motorcycle and was pronounced deceased at the scene; he was not wearing a safety helmet. The female juvenile was wearing her safety belt. Next of kin has been notified and the investigation is ongoing.