Printed on: November 22, 2012

Shelley woman ID'd as crash victim

By Ruth Brown
rbrown@postregister.com

A 59-year-old Shelley woman was killed in a three-vehicle collision south of Idaho Falls on Tuesday.

Mary C. McHugh, 59, died at the scene, according to an Idaho State Police news release.

The collision was reported at 5:28 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 91 and West 65th South, also known as the York Exchange.

Christine M. Stankiewicz, 34, of Shelley, was northbound on U.S. 91 in a 2003 Saturn Vue. Julie A. Stauffer, 48, of Idaho Falls, was driving west on West 65th South in a 2007 Toyota Tacoma pickup. Both vehicles entered the intersection and collided. Stauffer's pickup truck T-boned Stankiewicz's vehicle, striking the passenger side's door, ISP Sgt. Chris Elverud said. McHugh, Stankiewicz's mother, was in the passenger seat when the collision occurred.

Elverud said the momentum of the Tacoma hitting the Saturn pushed Stankiewicz's vehicle into a 2011 Toyota Sienna that was stopped at the southbound traffic light on U.S. 91. Tahnee M. Wheeler, 34, of Shelley, was driving the Sienna van.

Wheeler did not cause the accident, Elverud said, and her van had only minor damage.

Stankiewicz and her 9-year-old niece, who was in the Saturn, were transported by ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, where they were treated and released, Elverud said. Wheeler and her two minor children, who were riding in the van, escaped injury and were not taken to the hospital.

The accident remained under investigation Wednesday. Elverud said officers were still trying to determine who was at fault for the accident.

Members of the Bonneville County Sheriff's Office, Idaho Falls Fire Department and Idaho Falls Police Department assisted at the scene.