An officer with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department looks at the wreckage of one of the vehicles involved in a major collision Tuesday morning on Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive. (Coeur d'Alene Press: Gabe Green)
Two residents were injured and the normally quiet Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive was temporarily closed Tuesday morning after two related vehicle collisions resulted in a scene one witness described as shocking. The initial crash happened at 7:30, after Patricia Desmet, 61, of Coeur d'Alene, turned westbound in her Subaru onto Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive. Desmet told law enforcement officers that she saw a Mercedes SUV approaching her vehicle on the wrong side of the road. Desmet attempted to swerve away from the Mercedes but was unsuccessful. A good Samaritan, Coeur d'Alene resident Sheri Bullock, 42, pulled her Volvo SUV over and left her three children inside as she went to check on the drivers involved in the crash. At that point, the Mercedes driver — a Coeur d'Alene woman identified by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office as Kara L. Powers, 33 (pictured) — allegedly walked over to the good Samaritan's Volvo and got into it. With Bullock's three children still inside/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.