Kirk Winward, 45, of Salt Lake City, Utah; was identified by the Idaho State Police as the man who was killed on U.S. Highway 20 late Tuesday night. Winward was a passenger in what witnesses say was a Salt Lake Express van that was traveling east on Highway 20 when he jumped from the van. He was then struck by multiple vehicles and killed. The accident occurred at around 10:30 pm Tuesday near milepost 312 and the St. Leon exit in Idaho Falls. The Idaho State Police and the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident. During this time the section of highway between the St. Leon and Hitt Road exits was closed and traffic diverted by the Idaho Department of Transportation who was on scene as well. This incident is still being investigated as to why Winward jumped from the van.
In every state there are different rules and protocols as to what you should do when you are involved in an accident. In Idaho an accident must be reported to the authorities where someone might be or is injured or when property damage exceeds $1,500. When you are involved in an accident with an unattended vehicle, it is your duty to make a reasonable effort to find the owner of the vehicle, or leave a note in a visible place with your information. Leaving the scene of an accident without exchanging or leaving information could be considered a hit-and-run.
The same rules apply to accidents where animals are involved. If it an animal that could be or is someone’s pet, it is important to try and find the owner. If the owner can’t be found you should call either the humane society or the police. In an accident involving a larger animal, one that can possible cause greater injury or damage than a household pet it is important to call the authorities and to notify your insurance company.