BANNOCK COUNTY, ID – By Cari Doutre – April 3, 2020
Tyler Carter, 38, of Pocatello, ID, is facing one felony charge of leaving the scene of an injury accident, an accident that claimed the life of a Pocatello woman.
Carter graduated from Bear River High School in 2000 and is a former resident of Garland.
According to reports in Bannock County, the body of Bobette Wilhelm, 40, was found on March 16, in a ravine near Buckskin Road, just outside of Pocatello.
An off-duty sergeant for the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office found the body hours after Wilhelm had been reported missing by family.
Authorities believe Wilhelm was hit by vehicle traveling in the same direction that she was riding her bicycle. The force of the impact threw her into a ravine where she later died, reports added.
Reports also add that investigators believe Wilhelm was alive for some time before she succumbed to her injuries, according to her preliminary autopsy. A final autopsy report could take up to 90 days and could provide more details into the manner of death. Story continues below...
Wilhelm’s bicycle was found about 45 feet from her body. Investigators also found her helmet and a glove nearby in the ravine. Family and friends of Wilhelm told local news outlets in Idaho that she was an avid cyclist.
Investigators were able to determine from debris at the scene of the accident, and other factors, that Wilhelm was struck by a pickup around 6:45 p.m. on March 13.
Carter was arrested on March 19, 2020, in Pocatello and is being held at the Bannock County Jail. Felony charges in this case carries a maximum of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Carter is expected to appear in 6th District Court at the Bannock County Courthouse for further court proceedings, including a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence against him to take the case to trial.