Fatality, Bad Accidents Mar Another Dangerous Day on Idaho Roads 

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Highway 21, near the border between Ada and Boise counties, was blocked for more than an hour June 11 following a two-vehicle crash resulting in injuries, including a Boise County sheriff's deputy.

Witnesses said Deputy David Lee was patrolling the highway when, as he was making a U-turn to catch up to a speeding vehicle, he was rear-ended by a 2010 Ford Escape.

Lee and the driver of the Ford Escape, identified as Joseph Kaiser, 69, of Salmon, were rushed to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. The highway was reopened by late Saturday afternoon.

On another stretch of the same highway, west of Stanley, a one-vehicle crash sent another motorist to Saint Al's in Boise. Idaho State Police said Charles Sturmer, 55, of Boise, was driving his 1994 Ford Ranger eastbound when his vehicle crossed the center line, went off the south side of the road and struck a tree. ISP said Sturmer was wearing his seatbelt.

Meanwhile, the driver of a 2000 Ford Expedition died of injuries sustained after his westbound vehicle blew a tire and rolled over onto its roof on Interstate 84, east of Simco Road. ISP said Daniel Stumbaugh, 25, of Chubbuck, succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Authorities said he was wearing a seatbelt. A passenger and two children were transported by air ambulance were rushed to Saint Al's in Boise. 

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