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Motorcyclist and teens injured in North Idaho crashes

Wed., May 6, 2009, 8:49 a.m.

A motorcyclist is in fair condition this morning after crashing his bike at a high speed into a large rock off Lower Pack River Road in Bonner County on Tuesday evening, officials reported today.

Delman L. McNutt, 46, of Sandpoint, was being treated this morning at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene after being transferred from Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint following the 6 p.m. accident.

Police said McNutt was headed north on Lower Pack River Road at a high rate of speed on a 1997 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet when he went off the road on a curve.

His motorcycle struck the bank and a large rock, and McNutt was thrown 30 feet from the motorcycle, police said. He was cited for reckless driving.

In a separate North Idaho accident, three teens were injured when the pickup they were in went off Cow Creek Road near Bonners Ferry about 2 a.m. today.

State police identified the driver as William Dixon, 19, of Naples. He was treated and released from Boundary Community Hospital.

Two passengers, a 19-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, were taken to larger hospitals in the region after initially being seen at Boundary hospital.

A hospital official said the 19-year-old was airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane in critical condition, and the 16-year-old was taken to Kootenai Medical Center in serious condition.

Police said Dixon was headed west on Cow Creek Road in a 1994 Dodge pickup near milepost 1 when he failed to negotiate a corner and drove off the east edge of the road onto a dirt embankment before hitting a downed tree. The vehicle rolled once.

The 19-year-old, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the pickup.

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