Idaho: passenger ejected and then run over by suspected drunk driver; one to hospital, one to jail

CANYON COUNTY — On June 12, 2011 at 11:31 pm, Idaho State Police investigated a serious injury crash on Meadow Avenue in Caldwell.
At 10:39 pm, Canyon County dispatch received a traffic complaint of a 1995 Ford Thunderbird driving recklessly and into the oncoming lane of travel on SH55.  At 10:55 pm, a resident on Meadow Avenue in Caldwell called Canyon County dispatch about the same vehicle, which had crashed into a telephone pole.   Alonzo Renteria, 19 of Caldwell, the driver, attempted to flee the scene in the vehicle and was stopped by a witness.  Renteria’s passenger, Enrique Sanchez, 19 of Nampa, was ejected upon impact and run over by the vehicle.  Sanchez sustained severe injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.  Renteria was taken into custody and transported to the Canyon County Jail.  Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash.
It is believed that this green 1995 Ford Thunderbird was involved in a separate crash sometime earlier in the evening.  Anybody with information is asked to contact the Idaho State Police dispatch at (208) 846-7500.
This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.  Trooper Langton was assisted at the scene by Sergeant Ketchum and Trooper Coleman, as well as, Corporal Carmack and Master Corporal Eller with the Idaho State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit.

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