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Bicyclist, 9, injured in collision with car

A 9-year-old Coeur d’Alene boy suffered “extensive injuries” Saturday afternoon in his hometown when his bicycle turned into the path of a car driven by a 19-year-old woman, the Idaho State Police reported.

Nathan C. Benjamin, whose parents’ names weren’t released by the ISP, was not wearing a helmet when his bicycle made a left-hand turn in front of a 2001 Chrysler driven by Chelsea Thurecht, of Coeur d’Alene, investigating officers said.

The accident happened at 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and U.S. Highway 95 in west Coeur d’Alene.

The injured boy was taken to Kootenai Medical Center; because of his age, the hospital could not release information on his condition.

Bill Morlin

Coeur d’Alene

Driver killed in rollover crash

A Coeur d’Alene man died Saturday in a one-vehicle rollover accident near Beck Road and Prairie Avenue in western Kootenai County.

Ronald Countryman, 37, who was driving, wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was ejected as the vehicle rolled over about 1:40 a.m., said Kootenai County sheriff’s Capt. Ben Wolfinger.

A passenger, whose identity wasn’t released, was wearing a seat belt and remained in the car, but was treated for injuries at Kootenai Medical Center, Wolfinger said.

Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the accident, Wolfinger said.

Bill Morlin

Spokane Valley

71-year-old dies in crash on Indiana

A 71-year-old man died Saturday in Spokane Valley when the 1995 Ford pickup he was driving left the roadway, authorities reported.

The man’s identity was not released, but sheriff’s spokesman Dave Reagan said the victim may be a Montana resident.

The accident occurred when the pickup was eastbound on Indiana Avenue from Sullivan Road at a fairly high speed. The driver apparently didn’t realize the road dead-ended, Reagan said.

“At the end of the pavement, the pickup left the roadway, became airborne for a short distance and then crashed into a large boulder,” the sheriff’s spokesman said.

The accident was discovered about 7:45 a.m. but it wasn’t immediately known when it occurred.

The victim, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, suffered fatal injuries inside the truck cab where his body was discovered. Alcohol didn’t appear to be a factor, Reagan said.

Bill Morlin


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