A two-vehicle, head-on collision has claimed the life of one individual and resulted in a felony charge filed in Lincoln County Court.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol responded to an accident on U.S. Highway 26/89, eight miles north of Alpine in the Snake River Canyon at approximately 3:55 p.m. Monday, July 31.
According to the WHP accident report, a 1999 Ford 350 was southbound in the canyon. The driver of the quad cab was listed at Than Jackson, 25, Rigby, Idaho. Passengers included front seat passenger Ryan Colter, Age 24, Idaho Falls, Idaho and back seat passenger Khanti Simmons, 42, Blackfoot, Idaho. Seat belts were not in use according to the report.
The second vehicle, according to the WHP report, was a northbound 2001 Ford F250 driven by Terri Sullivan, 62, of O’Brien, Oregon. The truck was pulling a horse trailer with one horse. The driver was wearing a seat belt and there were no passengers in her truck.
The patrol report stated for “unknown reasons at this time, the southbound Jackson vehicle crossed over into the northbound lane and Sullivan had no time to react.” The report, continued, “There were no skid marks; it was a head-on collision and both vehicles came to rest at the point of impact.”
All four occupants suffered injuries and were transported to Star Valley Medical Center. Ryan Colter, 24, Rigby, died at the hospital.
EMS crews from Alpine, Thayne and Afton and a Star Valley Medical Center paramedic responded to the scene.
They were joined by the Alpine Fire Department and officers from the Lincoln and Teton County Sheriffs’ Offices.
Lt. Matt Bracken of the Wyoming Highway Patrol investigated the accident.
The accident closed the highway for approximately two hours and Wyoming Department of Transportation road crews supervised the traffic gates at both ends of the canyon.
The driver of the 1999 Ford, Ethan Jackson was arrested and charged with alleged aggravated vehicular homicide following the accident.
Lincoln County Attorney Spencer Allred explained the homicide charge is a felony and has been filed with the court.
A second misdemeanor DUI charge, was also filed against Jackson. The second charge was related to alleged possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.