Missing Idaho toddler’s father involved in serious crash

Statesman Staff

Vernal DeOrr Kunz, whose 3-year-old son DeOrr Kunz Jr. disappeared from a campsite in Idaho exactly one year ago, was taken to the hospital after his pickup truck was struck by another vehicle in southeastern Idaho, according to an Idaho State Police press release.

Kunz, 26, was driving a 1996 Ford F-250 southbound on Idaho 39 around 1:50 p.m. Sunday when his vehicle was hit by Rachel Tankersly, 26, of Pingree. Tankersley was westbound on 400 S. in a 1998 Toyota Camry and failed to yield to a stop sign, ISP said.

The East Idaho News reports that Tankersley was taken via air ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, and her two juvenile passengers that were in car seats were taken to that hospital by ground ambulance.

Kunz and his passengers, 26-year-old Brittiny Hathaway of Pocatello and a juvenile, were taken to Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot, ISP reports. Kunz tweeted Sunday even that he is OK but concerned about the other driver.

ISP reports that Kunz and the juvenile were wearing seat belts, but Hathaway was not. ISP is investigating the crash.