Owyhee sheriff: Driver in fatal crash lost control when he drove vehicle down hill, off trail

newsroom@idahostatesman.comMarch 26, 2014 

Four people were involved in a rollover crash Wednesday south of Nampa on Reynolds Creek Road in Owyhee County.

A vehicle that rolled down an Owyhee County hillside Wednesday - killing one and injuring three others - was on a trail generally used by ATVs that ended at the top of a hill, according to Owyhee County Sheriff Perry Grant.

Sara Dawn Bronson, 21, of Melba, died at the scene. The crash occurred about a half mile off of Upper Reynolds Creek Road near Idaho Highway 78.

Grant said it appears driver Jacob Canoy lost control of the 1999 Chevrolet Blazer when he drove it down the other side of the hill, where there were no trails.

Canoy told dispatchers during a 911 call after the crash that a tire blew out on the Blazer, causing the rollover. All four tires were deflated in the crash, but investigators cannot say if a blowout was the cause.

Canoy, a 35-year-old Melba man, grew up close to that area and was familiar with the terrain and trails, Grant said. The group was apparently camping in the area before the crash.

Canoy was listed in fair condition Thursday morning at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, according to a hospital spokesman. That means he's conscious and his vital signs are stable or within normal limits.

Two children in the vehicle at the time of the crash were hospitalized.

Tiger Canoy, 8, had two broken bones in his left arm and a lacerated spleen, Grant said. He was kept overnight at a hospital for observation. Kulten Rankin, 5, was treated for injuries and released.

Emergency personnel were dispatched at 10:21 a.m., when Canoy called 911 to report the crash.

An air ambulance located the vehicle at 10:56 a.m., and officers on the ground arrived soon after. Whether any of the four were wearing seat belts hasn't been determined, Grant said.

Investigators found no evidence at the scene that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. Toxicology tests will be done.

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