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Mother, daughter die when car rolls near Plummer

Thu., March 26, 2009, 1:07 p.m.

A mother and daughter from North Idaho died in a car crash early Thursday morning southwest of Plummer.

Veronica J. Matt, 24, of Worley, and her mother, Juanita A. Garcia, 42, of Tensed, were killed when the 2003 Chevrolet Blazer Matt was driving veered off Lovell Valley Road and lost control, the Idaho State Police reported.

Six people were in the Blazer when it rolled several times around 1:20 a.m. Four of them, including the two who died, were members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. Joseph M. Matt, 23, of Worley, the brother and son of the women who died, also was a passenger, as was Dianna Matheson, 25, of Worley, the niece of tribal councilman David Matheson, tribal officials and the ISP said.

“Anytime you have something like this in a small community like this, it’s going to affect a lot of people,” said Marc Stewart, a spokesman for the tribe. “The family ties down here are very strong. Families are grieving right now. It’s a sad day.”

The remaining passengers were Jeremiah Johnson, 18, of Wellpinit, and Deejai Revais, 23, of Fruitland, who was taken to Kootenai Medical Center, the ISP reported.

Alcohol was involved in the accident and no one was wearing a seatbelt, the police said.

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