Third victim, a 5-year-old Nampa boy, dies after Monday crash on Idaho 55

krodine@idahostatesman.comJune 12, 2014 

A 5-year-old Nampa boy died Thursday of injuries suffered in an Idaho 55 crash that claimed the lives of his mother and a 4-year-old boy Monday.

Raphael Duran Alonso had been in critical condition at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise, where he succumbed to his injuries, Valley County Sheriff’s Lt. Dan Smith said. Raphael’s mother, 21-year-old Michelle Alonso Lopez of Nampa, and 4-year-old Nathaniel Ortiz died in the Monday morning crash.

Nathaniel’s father, 25-year-old Juan Ortiz of Nampa, remains hospitalized, Smith said. His injuries have been described as serious but not critical.

Ortiz apparently lost control of his Toyota Corolla while rounding a curve late Monday morning, Smith told the Statesman. Investigators believe the car briefly left the roadway and the driver overcorrected, sending the car into the path of an oncoming car, he said. Ortiz, his girlfriend and their young sons reportedly were headed home to Nampa after a weekend in McCall. The accident happened on 55 between Smith's Ferry and Round Valley.

What investigators haven’t yet determined is what caused Ortiz to lose control, Smith said. The accident is still under investigation, and several witnesses have come forward to help piece the information together, he said. There is no indication that alcohol was a factor in the accident, he said. Occupants of both vehicles were wearing seat belts.

The oncoming vehicle hit Ortiz’s car on the passenger side. Two people in the oncoming car suffered injuries that were not life threatening, and they were treated at a Cascade hospital, the sheriff’s office reported earlier.

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