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Four injured in Highway 95 collision

Sun., March 1, 2009

A crash on U.S. Highway 95 at Athol sent four people to the hospital early Saturday morning after one driver apparently drove on the wrong side of the road.

Andrew M. Becker, 21, of Moscow, Idaho, was heading north on U.S. Highway 95 and trying to turn west onto state Highway 54 when the left rear side of his vehicle was struck by a car heading north in the southbound lanes about 1:40 a.m., according to Idaho State Police. The second car was driven by 25-year-old David L. Wilder, of Powell, Wyo.

Both drivers were taken to Kootenai Medical Center for treatment of their injuries, along with Becker’s passengers, Thomas A. Leija, 20, of Hagerman, Idaho, and Torrey K. Ikeda, 20, of Lihue, Hawaii. According to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Leija, Ikeda and Becker are students at the University of Idaho.

As of Saturday evening, all but Leija, who was reported in good condition, had been treated and released from the hospital.

Wilder will be charged with aggravated driving under the influence, according to ISP.

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