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Spokane-to-Sandpoint Relay To Go On

Item: Despite death, Spokane to Sandpoint race will continue: Planners say crash wasn’t preventable/Mike Prager, SR

More Info: Glidden said the relay run should continue despite Saturday’s death. He noted other events that have been marred by crime, such as the shooting incident at this year’s Hoopfest in Spokane. “To cancel it, that’s ridiculous,” he said. Orth said the relay will continue in future years.

Question: Would you be hesitant to participate in the Spokane-to-Sandpoint relay, as a result of the two serious accidents this year, including the fatality Saturday?

Should 185-Mile Relay Race Continue?

Two Berry Pickers — Keith Erickson (and his daughters) and Dan @ Avista — participated in that Spokane-to-Sandpoint relay race of 185 miles that included Coeur d’Alene’s City Park and the east end of the Centennial Trail on the North Shore. As Mrs. O & I walked along the waterfront Friday evening, we encountered relay runners jogging around the college and out to Higgens Point. Some were already wearing lights to make them visible to motorists as they prepared to run north to Sandpoint. I thought they were crazy to run along busy, dark roads in the middle of the night. A woman had been hit by a vehicle that morning on the Newport Highway. On Saturday morning, of course, we learned of the tragic accident in which a Spokane County bicyclist was killed and her running mate injured on Highway 41, near Blanchard. So here’s the question:

Question: Given the 2 serious accidents involving participants, is it wise to continue the Spokane-to-Sandpoint race in future years?

Participant Dies In 2nd Relay Accident

ISP says the driver appears to have crossed the center line (about 6:30 a.m. on Highway 41 near Blanchard), and hit a cyclist and then a runner next to her, who were taking part in the Spokane to Sandpoint race. The cyclist, 46-year-old Patti Lambi, was airlifted to Kootenai Medical Center, where she later died. The runner, a 17-year-old girl, was taken to the hospital with multiple fractures, but has since been released. Both people are from Spokane Valley.The driver who caused the crash is 31-year-old Bowdeen S. Kahuhu from Newport. She was arrested and booked into the Bonner County Jail on Vehicular Manslaughter charges/Ben Leighton, KXLY. More here.

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