October 14, 2006 in Idaho

Accident kills 14-year-old Hayden boy

Meghann M. Cuniff Staff writer
 
Jesse Tinsley photo

Firefighters, officers and others stand on Kathleen Avenue by two cars involved in a fatal accident Friday in Coeur d’Alene. Another car rolled after it swerved to avoid the collision. A 14-year-old died in the Chevrolet at right when it was hit by the Mustang at left. Second from left is Kootenai County Coroner Dr. Bob West.
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A three-car accident on Kathleen Avenue late Friday morning killed a 14-year-old Hayden boy and sent his mother to the hospital in critical condition.

Isaac W. Norris was traveling with his mother, 52-year-old Glenda M. Norris, in a 1987 Chevrolet Caprice when the elder Norris attempted to turn westbound onto Kathleen from Howard Street – a left-hand turn – about 11:10 a.m.

A 2006 yellow Ford Mustang driven by 19-year-old Dominick F. Salois traveling eastbound on Kathleen struck the Caprice, and a 2005 white Subaru Impreza driven by 17-year-old Daniel W. Cutting, also driving eastbound on Kathleen, swerved to avoid the collision. Cutting overcorrected, causing his vehicle to roll, according to the Idaho State Police.

Neither Cutting nor his passenger, 17-year-old Stephanie M. Ohnstad, was injured in the wreck. Salois was taken to Kootenai County Medical Center and released shortly after with minor injuries, according to a hospital spokesman. Glenda Norris was taken to Kootenai Medical Center then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in critical yet stable condition.

Police have not determined how fast the cars were traveling, said Melissa Stoker, dispatch coordinator for the state police.

“We’re not releasing any of that information right now. We’re still investigating,” Stoker said. The posted speed limit is 35 mph.

Ohnstad is a junior at Project CDA alternative school, and Cutting is not enrolled in the Coeur d’Alene School District, according to the district.

Isaac Norris was enrolled at the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy at the beginning of the school year but left after a few days and was not enrolled in the district, school officials said. The accident occurred in the intersection in front of the academy, blocking access to the school, Principal Dan Nicklay said.

Neither Glenda nor Isaac Norris was wearing a seat belt, though Salois and Cutting were, according to the police.


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