MELBA, Idaho -- Nearly a week after a tragic accident in remote Owyhee County, we're hearing from the victim's family.

Twenty-one-year-old Sara Bronson died when the SUV she was riding in went over a ridge.


Last Wednesday around 10 a.m., the Owyhee County Sheriff's Office got the call that an SUV had crashed.

The driver, 36-year-old Jake Canoy, called 911, reporting that he had blown a tire and tumbled off a hill.

It was hard for authorities to locate the scene, since it was in the Owyhee foothills near ATV trails.

When they arrived, Bronson had already died. Canoy and his two young boys, ages five and eight, were taken to the hospital.

Canoy and his sons are all okay.


KTVB met with Sara Bronson's mother, aunt, and young daughter near their Melba home.

Sara's mother Julie is now taking care of her 2-year-old daughter Emily.

Breaks my heart for her to be taken away at just 21 years old, said Julie Bronson.

She says she went out to the scene when she got the call from authorities.

It was the worst feeling of my life. It hasn't really sunk in yet, but it will and I miss her something terrible, said Julie.

Now she looks back at pictures of Sara as a young girl, treasuring memories of her daughter who loved animals and loved others.

She had a heart of gold, she wanted to be there and help people, said Julie.

As she tries to understands Sara's death, she prepares to raise her granddaughter herself.

I've got the hardest job in the world now, try to raise her and explain what happened to her mother, it's going to be hardest thing I ever do, said Julie.

Her neighbor and family friend, Patty Price, says she watched Sara grow up.

She was a good mom and a good friend. She was beautiful and she is going to be missed a lot, said Patty.

Price's two sons were close to Sara's age and good friends with Sara.

Forrest Price says he'll miss the girl he grew up with.

One of our neighbors came over and told me on the day it happened, and I didn't believe it at first until I saw the news, said Forrest.


Julie Bronson says she still doesn't understand why Sara, her boyfriend, and his two young sons were off roading in the first place, especially since Sara grew up in the area and rode horses nearby.

It's baffling. Cars don't go up there. It's not a place for cars, it's motorcycles and ATVs only, so it's extremely baffling why, said Julie.

The Owyhee County Sheriff's Office says no one was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Sara's boyfriend called 911 immediately after and told dispatchers he'd blown a tire.

It's puzzling to me, it's extremely puzzling, I go over and over it in my head day and night, said Julie.

We did check back with the sheriff's office who said they're still investigating the crash, and Idaho State Police are now assisting.

No charges have been filed in the case.


Sara's funeral will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Zeyer Funeral Chapel in Nampa.

Friends of Sara's family have set up a fund to help the family with funeral costs and continued expenses for her daughter.

To help the family, click HERE.

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