Check out this report from S-R reporter Parker Howell:
Just minutes after lawmakers advanced a bill this afternoon that would prohibit teen drivers from carrying more than one teenage passenger, the last of five Idaho teenagers died from injuries sustained when their vehicle plunged into a Gem County pond. The middle and high school students from Emmett ranged in age from 12-15, according to The Associated Press. The car, driven by a 15-year-old, shot off Highway 52 north of Emmett into a pond near Black Canyon Dam this morning.
Drivers may be licensed at 15 in Idaho, with some restrictions. The legislation, sponsored by two North Idaho senators, would limit teen drivers to carrying one non-family passenger in their first six months as licensed drivers. Police said the children in the car were from two families in the Sweet area. SB 1119 would also extend the time for teens to complete 50 hours of supervised driving practice and yank licenses from those who receive alcohol-related violations.
The crash happened when the vehicle slid off icy state Highway 52 and into the pond about 7:30 this morning, according to the Associated Press. A passing driver noticed the car in the pond and notified authorities. Divers found the car in about 20 feet of water with the victims still trapped inside.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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