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Posted on: July 15, 2019

Press Release – Bicycle vs. Vehicle Collision

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On Saturday, July 13, 2019, at approximately 6:30 p.m., deputies from the Ketchum Police Division of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a bicycle vs. vehicle collision near Fifth Street and Main Street in Ketchum, Idaho.

William T. Whittenberg, age 25 of Ketchum, Idaho, was riding a road bike westbound on Fifth Street between Leadville Avenue and Main Street. The crash scene investigation indicated that as Whittenberg traveled downhill he collided with the rear of a white 2003 Jeep Liberty driven by Patricia A. Duetting, age 73 of Sun Valley, Idaho. Duetting was also traveling westbound on Fifth Street approaching the intersection at Main Street. Whittenberg attempted to swerve around the left of the Jeep and proceed through the green light but hit the back of the vehicle. Based upon the investigation it was determined that it was likely that the cyclist failed to yield and was following too closely. No citations have been issued. 

Whittenberg was transported by ground ambulance to Wood River Medical Center and then sent by air ambulance to Boise for his injuries. Whittenberg was not wearing a bicycle helmet. Duetting and her passenger were not injured in the collision. The Jeep received minor damages and was driven from the scene. 

Traffic was closed on Fifth Street between Leadville Avenue and Main Street while first responders attended to the scene.

Sheriff Steve Harkins

Posted July 15, 2019 @ 3:15 pm

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