A three-car accident near Colville on Friday evening killed Delia M. Nehl, 65, of Kettle Falls, the Washington State Patrol said Saturday.
She was pronounced dead at Mt. Carmel Hospital in Colville shortly after the 6:40 p.m. accident that blocked the highway for a time.
The victim’s husband, August H. Nehl, 86, who was a passenger, was injured and flown by medical helicopter to Deaconess Medical Center. He no longer was a patient there on Saturday, 24 hours after the accident at mile post 233 on U.S. Highway 395.
Also injured was Tashina L. Anderson, 21, of Kettle Falls, whose southbound 1997 Ford Explorer crossed the centerline and struck the 2003 Buick driven by Delia Nehl, according to the patrol.
A 3-year-old in Anderson’s car, Deacon K. Medeiro, also was injured, troopers said. The child was in an improperly installed booster seat, troopers reported.
The driver of the third vehicle, Brian G. Bellino, 19, of Otis Orchards, was not injured. Troopers said his 2004 Chevrolet pickup was struck by Anderson’s vehicle after the head-on crash.
Economy delays road bond sale
The Idaho Transportation Department has announced it will delay the sale of $116 million in GARVEE bonds for major transportation projects until the nation’s financial markets stabilize.
“It is the cautious and appropriate approach to take,” said ITD Director Pamela Lowe.
GARVEE stands for Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle, a type of bonding authorized by Congress that allows states to borrow against their future federal highway allocations to pay the up-front costs to build big projects. The bonds were scheduled to be sold in November, but the department determined that market conditions aren’t favorable for such a sale.
The delay means replacement of a major freeway interchange on I-84 and several other Southern Idaho road projects are being placed on hold, though Lowe said if the markets recover enough to allow the bond sales within the next few months, delays would be minimal. Construction on the interchange was scheduled to begin next year.
The delay won’t affect any work under way or contracts funded by previously issued GARVEE bonds.
Betsy Z. Russell