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Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office release more details about fatal crash

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A press release issued by the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office. On April 19, 2017 at about 1412 hours, Nez Perce County Deputies were dispatched to a possible suicidal subject and vehicle crash on Sunnyside Bench Road near the Clearwater County line. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Kristian B. Perez, 17 years of age of Orofino, was later pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston after being transported from the scene by Life Flight.

NPCSO dispatch advised they received a call from the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office of a report of Pererz taking his parents vehicle, a white 1999 Chevy Tahoe, without their permission. Investigation shows the Tahoe to be driving west bound on Sunnyside Bench Road at a high rate of speed with Perez’ family following the Tahoe. Perez soon lost control of the Tahoe on the roadway, struck an embankment on the north side of the road, rolled several times, went off the embankment on the south side of the road and came to rest on its tires near the intersection with Pecan Lane. The Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office and Clearwater Medics responded to the scene.

Early Thursday morning said 17-year old Kristian Perez died after a high speed crash near Lenore.

On Wednesday afternoon, NPCSO dispatch received a call from the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office that Perez had taken his parents’ Chevy Tahoe without permission.

On Sunnyside Bench Road, Perez was driving at a high rate of speed and lost control of the vehicle.

He rolled several times off an embankment.

The vehicle stopped at an intersection near Pecan Lane.

Perez was airlifted to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center where he later died.

On Saturday, April 15, Orofino Police launched a search after Perez’ mother reported he had vanished from his high school prom.

By early Tuesday morning, a tip led police to find Perez at the home of a 26-year old man.

Investigators determined the teen had intentionally run away.

The Clearwater County Prosecutor’s Office charged Perez by juvenile petition with being a runaway.

He was then released to the custody of his parents.

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