Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a Hayden, Idaho car crash that killed a 38-year-old man Saturday evening. At around 8:41 PM, 35-year-old Cory Kreager was traveling eastbound in his 2008 Ford F350 on Boekel Road in Hayden. He failed to stop at a stop sign and hit a van that was operated by 78-year-old Vern Allen of Cocolalla. The van’s other occupants were Ryan Allen, 38; Patricia Allen, 71 both of Cocolalla. Troy Allen, 51, of Sandpoint, was also an occupant. The elder Allen was traveling northbound on US Route 95 when the impact centered on the van’s driver side. Ryan Allen was ejected from the vehicle and later was pronounced dead.

Vern Allen and the van’s other occupants were transported to Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. According to the Idaho State Police, all parties involved were wearing their seatbelts. The State Police also believe that alcohol may be suspected in the crash. Kreager was believed to betaken into custody by State Police. At this point, the crash still remains under investigation.

Fatal car crashes that involve alcohol have been a significant problem in the United States. However, Idaho’s number tell a grim story according to the CDC. The number of alcohol-related crash fatalities in Idaho was above the national average. This included people in overall age groups with 21 to 34 being the highest. About 712 people were killed in drunk driving related car crashes in the state of Idaho. This may be due to the lack of sobriety checkpoints that are usually set up by law enforcement.

The purpose of sobriety checkpoints is clear. It is to prevent drunk driving accidents like this from occurring. It is important that no one should operate a motor vehicle whether they are drunk or just “buzzed”.