First Weekend of Summer Marred by Tragedies on Idaho Roads 

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It was a deadly weekend on roadways in every corner of Idaho.

Idaho 55 was blocked for nearly four hours June 26 when a crash, which claimed the life of a motorcyclist, blocked the north/south corridor just north of Horseshoe Bend.

Witnesses said the motorcyclist crossed the center line and crashed into two vehicles. The motorcyclist, Kevin Guth, 52, of Meridian, was pronounced dead at the scene.

One person was killed in a single-vehicle rollover June 26 on U.S. Highway 26 near the Gooding County community of Bliss. Idaho State Police said a passenger in the car—identified as Jesus Gomez-Rangel, 55, of Gooding—was thrown from the vehicle when it rolled off the north shoulder of the highway. Gomez-Rangel was airlifted to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, but died a short time later.

In northern Idaho, two people were killed June 26 in a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 90 near Post Falls. ISP said the driver failed to negotiate the curve of an off-ramp, crossed into the opposite lane and rolled into an embankment. The driver, Robert Gust, 24, of Bonners Ferry, was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger, Christopher Erickson, 25, of Deland, Fla., died a short time later at a local hospital.

Meanwhile, Thomas Schwartzenberger, 51, of Cheney, Wash., was killed June 26 when he lost control of his ATV and struck a tree in the Shoshone County community of Kingston. His passenger, Kristi Hunnicutt, 60, of Silverton, was taken to a local hospital with unspecified injuries.

On June 25, ISP reported a juvenile was killed in a rollover crash on State Highway 24 in the Lincoln County community of Kimama. Authorities said the juvenile was a passenger in the vehicle and was thrown from the car. 

A one-vehicle crash June 25 on U.S. Highway 89 in the Bear Lake County community of Fish Haven claimed the life of 26-year-old Dalton Parrish, of Spokane, Wash. ISP said Parrish's vehicle left the roadway, struck a number of trees and burst into flames. Parrish died of his injuries at a Salt Lake City hospital. Police said he was not wearing a seat belt.
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