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On Scene Of The Fatal Accident

Mama Kautz, one of my Twitter buds, was 3rd on the scene of that fatal, 3-vehicle crash last night near the stateline. Here's what she posted on her blog: “I had stopped to get gas at the truck stop. Got back on the freeway. Was driving along, glanced at my phone … yes … I did. I was looking at it, not texting, for once. I look up and have to hit my brakes. (insert guardian angel working overtime) There is smoke … thought it was fog … except that cars were pulling over! I ended up being the 3rd car on the scene of an accident. We, meaning the other drivers, are just kind of sitting there. I didn’t think to call 911. Weird. I guess I figured others would be. (somebody did say they couldn’t get through) I thought why are we sitting here….why isn’t anybody HELPING. I got out of my car and started running up to the cars. More here.

Question: Have you ever been one of the first to the scene of a serious accident?

Post Falls Biker Dies In Wallace Crash

A Post Falls man is dead after a motorcycle crash sent him flying off the elevated portion of Interstate 90 at Wallace today. The Idaho State Police said Francis L. Cox, 67, was riding a 2008 Yamaha motorcycle eastbound on I90 at 11:43 a.m. today when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve at milepost 61. His bike drove off the right shoulder and hit a jersey barrier, vaulting Cox off the bike and off the elevated portion of the freeway, ISP said. He landed in a parking lot adjacent to Bank Street in Wallace, police said, and was declared dead at the scene/Spokesman-Review. More here.

Spokane Valley Woman Dies in H95 Crash

A 76-year-old Spokane Valley woman died in a head-on crash on Highway 95, a half mile north of Silverwood Theme Park, Friday. Myra Gann suffered fatal injuries at 3:03 p.m. when she attempted to make a U-turn on northbound Highway 95, from the right shoulder north of Brunner. Her 2000 Honda Accord struck a 2002 Chevy Avalanche driven by Kyle Meschko, 22, of Sagle. Gann later died at Kootenai Medical Center. Meschko was not injured. (Scanner Traffic reported the crash earlier today. It tied up heavy traffic for at least 90 minutes.)

Crash Injuries Claim Sandpoint Driver

A 69-year-old Sandpoint woman has died as a result of injuries she suffered when a deer hit by another vehicle crashed through her window near western city limits of Sandpoint Monday morning. Judith Linker died at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane Wednesday afternoon. Linker was westbound in her 2009 Toyota Scion when a deer emerging from a ditch was hit by eastbound Keith Nicholas, 37, of Libby, Mont. Linker's vehicle swerved off the road after deer crashed through the window, sheered off a power pole, and came to a stop on the other side of a creek. Linker was airlifted to Sacred Heart.

1 Dead, 1 Critical After I-90 Accident

One person was killed and another is in critical condition after a two-car crash in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 today about 3:45 p.m. west of Post Falls. Idaho State Police said Donald Graham, 77, of Rathdrum, was driving a yellow Chevy Equinox westbound on the freeway near milepost 3 when he was rear-ended by a Kia Optima, driven by Lisa Calbick, 33, of Coeur d’Alene. Graham lost control of the vehicle, which rolled off the right shoulder and landed on its top. Graham was pronounced dead at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene, police said/Spokesman-Review. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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