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Highway 95 crash kills Liberty Lake man

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7, 2009, 12:01 A.M.

A Liberty Lake man died in a car crash on U.S Highway 95 south of Coeur d’Alene Tuesday.

Gary G. Lawrence, 72, was northbound in his 2005 Chevrolet Malibu when Douglas Pomerinke, 40, of Coeur d’Alene, lost control of his 1993 Ford 250 pickup while southbound on the slush-covered highway about 4 p.m. and struck Lawrence’s Malibu head on, according to Idaho State Police.

A 1999 Ford Windstar van driven by Samuel G. McCarthy, 66, of Blanchard, then rear-ended the Malibu, according to ISP.

Lawrence was pronounced dead at the scene; Pomerinke and McCarthy were treated and released and Kootenai Medical Center.

The crash blocked the highway for three hours and is still under investigation. The accident occurred near milepost 425.



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