Idaho Falls Citizen Journalism

CHALLIS - Sheriff's Report
Chief Deputy Mike Talbot cited Scott Whitworth of May for leaving the scene and failing to report an accident after he hit and killed a cow on Highway 93 sometime after midnight on June 3. That led to another accident soon afterwards in which the driver of a prisoner transport van hit the same cow still lying in the middle of the road after Whitworth had hit it.
Lemhi County resident Nicole Wilson came upon the crash soon after Whitworth hit the cow and saw him speaking with a woman in a car parked behind his 2006 Toyota Tundra pickup on the highway. Wilson left to call in the crash at 1:22 a.m., and when she returned nobody was there.
Wilson parked near the cow and shined her vehicle’s headlights on it so oncoming traffic could see it, but while she was waiting for a deputy to arrive, the prisoner transport van driven by Victor Spooner of Arizona and holding ten inmates hit the cow carcass, disabling the van.
Prior to the second collision, Whitworth had parked his pickup at Watts Bridge Campground, and Danielle Dowton of Ellis had given him a ride home. Whitworth called the owner of the cow, Clay Jones, about 6:30 a.m. to report the accident, according to Talbot’s report, but Whitworth didn’t notify the sheriff’s office.
After the prisoner transport van was disabled, the ten inmates had to be housed at the Lemhi and Custer county jails, which led to more expense for the prisoner transport company.
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