Sheriff: Three children killed by suspected drunk driver in Idaho
KETCHUM, Idaho (KBOI) – Three children were killed by a suspected drunk driver early Saturday morning in central Idaho.
According to the Blaine County Sheriff's Office, Somchai Ray Lee Lurak, 26, of Mountain Home was heading west on Highway 20 at about 1:19 a.m. when they stopped at a construction site near Hot Springs Landing.
Another vehicle, driven by Matthew R. Park, 46, of Fairfield, was also heading west and ended up colliding with Lurak's vehicle, according to deputies. Drayka Rayshell, 3, of Mountain Home, died at St. Luke's Hospital in Boise, the Ada County Coroner's Office said Monday.
Family members have identified her siblings as 6-year-old Aneena Bolden and 5-year-old Kya Bolden.
Lurak is in serious condition at an area hospital. A passenger in the Lurak's vehicle, Emma Weigand, was taken to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise for treatment of her injuries.
"Please keep my brother and Emma in your thoughts, they have lost everything," Somchai's brother, Anthony Smock, said on Facebook. "My family has lost three pieces of our hearts."
Park declined medical assistance and appeared uninjured.
Police say Park appeared to show signs of intoxication and was given field sobriety tests and provided breath samples. He was later arrested and transported to the Blaine County Detention Center.
He's been charged with three counts of vehicular manslaughter and two counts of felony aggravated driving under the influence.
Park's preliminary hearing has been set for August 22.
"To everyone everywhere. Im begging you. Never ever drink and drive. It’s selfish and stupid and can destroy people’s lives and family’s forever," Smock said.
Smock told CBS 2 News that he cared a lot about his nieces. He said they were excited to start the new school year.
He added that the public support has been overwhelming and the amount of caring people who don't even know his family.
A gofundme account for the family has been established.