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Twin Falls Man Involved In Fatal Car Crash Near Ririe

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By Paul Johnson

Ririe, Idaho (KMVT-TV) – A Twin Falls man was injured and the vehicle he was driving caught fire after being struck by another vehicle near Ririe last night. Idaho State Police say Richard Hotchkiss, 56, of Twin Falls, was driving a truck east on US26 12 miles east of Ririe when Shaine White, 37 of Meridian collided with him after crossing the center line. Hotchkiss attempted to avoid White by steering to the right, but White’s vehicle struck the commercial vehicle, causing the truck to catch fire.
Burns D. Leavitt, 45, of Pocatello, was driving behind White on his 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Leavitt and his passenger Burns M. Leavitt, 19, of Pocatello were struck by debris from the initial crash but were not injured.
White was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene. Hotchkiss was wearing a seatbelt and transported by ground ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.


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