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Idaho Man Sues Church For Deaths

A Troy, Idaho, man is suing a Post Falls church for the death of his wife and unborn son.

Christopher G. Fickel filed a wrongful death suit against Falls Full Gospel Assembly of God Church Wednesday because of a fatal car accident caused by the church’s former pastor.

Fickel’s 27-year-old wife, Ramona, and their unborn son Derek were killed in the September 1994 wreck on U.S. Highway 95. Rev. David O. Hutchison, 57, of Coeur d’Alene, also died.

Ramona Fickel, who was seven months pregnant at the time, was driving south on Highway 95 the afternoon of Sept. 30, 1994.

Hutchison had gone to Clarkston, Wash., to help pick up a bus for the school operated by his church. He was driving north on Highway 95 behind the bus when he suddenly crossed the center line into oncoming traffic, according to the lawsuit.

His car struck Ramona Fickel’s car head on.

Fickel’s car had to be cut apart to remove the injured woman and her unborn baby. She died at the hospital where Hutchison also died.

Christopher Fickel is seeking payment for hospital bills, funeral costs and the loss of his wife and son’s companionship, according to the suit.

, DataTimes