2 Vehicle Accident on Hwy 93



By Benito Baeza

Two Magic Valley residents were injured Saturday evening in a two vehicle accident in Jerome County.
According to Idaho State Police 73 year old Twin Falls resident Melvin Pingel and 23 year old Mauricio Castro–Cota of Jerome were both headed north on US 93.
Police say Castro–Cota was driving a mustang and slowed down to make a left turn on 200 north road.
Pingel in a Mercury sable attempted to pass Cota on the left.
As Castro–Cota was turning – Pingel struck him on the left rear quarter–panel causing the mustang to spin out.
Pingel's car rolled once and landed on the hood of the mustang.
His passenger 71–year old Judith Pingel was taken to Saint Luke’s Magic Valley with unknown injuries.
Castro–Cota was transported to Saint Benedict's with unknown injuries.
All were wearing seatbelts and alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

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