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Fatal Crash near the Bliss Rest Area on Interstate 84

On August 23, 2013, at approximately 7:24 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a one vehicle fatality crash on Interstate 84, near mile marker 133, in Gooding County.

Wirake Charles, 36, of Pocatello, ID, was driving west on I84 in a 2003 Dodge Durango. Timothy Brand, 56, of Tooele, UT, was travelling west in a 2013 Peterbuilt semi. Charles attempted to pass Brand on the median side shoulder, lost control of his vehicle and struck Brand’s semi. Charles’ vehicle continued off the right shoulder and rolled, coming to rest near the fence at the Bliss Rest Area. Charles was ejected from his vehicle and succumb to his injuries at the scene. Next of kin has been notified.

A seatbelt was worn by Brand; however Charles was not wearing a seatbelt.

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