A driver struck a pair of Spokane to Sandpoint relay participants, killing one and seriously injuring the other around 6:30 a.m.
Patricia Lambie, 46, of Greenacres, died after being struck about 6:30 a.m. today by a car driven by 31-year-old Bowdeen Kahuhu of Newport, near Blanchard, Idaho.
Kahuhu was booked into the Bonner County Jail on a charge of manslaughter, according to the Idaho State Patrol.
Lambie, who was riding a bicycle, was serving as a support person for her daughter, a race participant. The teenage participant struck at the same time as Lambie is not her daughter, ISP said
Lambie and the teenage runner were on the west shoulder of Highway 41 when Kahuhu’s 1996 Plymouth Voyager crossed over into the opposing lane of traffic and onto the shoulder, striking the duo. The teenage girl, whose name is not being released, also was injured, and was in serious condition earlier today, ISP said.
Police said they believe alcohol may be a factor, and that the investigation is ongoing.
This is the second accident during the race. On Friday, a car struck a 44-year-old woman on U.S. Highway 2, when she failed to yield to yield the right-of-way at an intersection, according to Spokesman-Review reports. Her injuries included a broken leg.
Emergency responders Friday said they had not been notified in advance of the race, according to Spokesman-Review reports.