Car Crash Kills Idaho Man Near Jackson
Written by Andrew-Rossi on October 23, 2017
An Idaho man died Friday after he drove the car that he and his wife were riding in, off a road and into a river near Jackson.
The accident happened around 1 p.m. Friday on Highway 26-89 through Snake River Canyon. Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Merritt says 76 year old Arlene Hix believes her husband, 78 year old Veldon Hix, fell asleep before he swerved, hit a guardrail and went down an embankment into the Snake River. His wife was sleeping in the passenger seat at the time of the accident. Merritt says two fishermen heard screaming and saw her standing waist-deep in the water.
Merrit says alcohol isn’t thought to be a factor. A search and rescue team recovered Hix’s body, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Arlene Hix was rescued, treated and transported to St. John’s Medical Center for her injuries.