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One dead after driver hits pair at relay race

A driver on Saturday struck a pair of participants in the Spokane to Sandpoint relay, killing one and seriously injuring the other.

Patricia Lambie, 46, of Greenacres, died after being hit near Blanchard, Idaho, about 6:30 a.m. by a car driven by 31-year-old Bowdeen Kahuhu of Newport, Wash.

Kahuhu was booked into the Bonner County Jail on a charge of manslaughter, according to the Idaho State Police.

Lambie, who was riding a bicycle, was serving as a support person for her daughter, who was racing. The teenage runner struck at the same time as Lambie was not her daughter, the ISP said.

Lambie and the runner were on the west shoulder of Highway 41 when Kahuhu’s 1996 Plymouth Voyager crossed into the opposite lane and onto the shoulder, striking the two. The teenage girl, whose name is not being released, was in serious condition Saturday, the ISP said.

Police said alcohol may be a factor, and the investigation is ongoing.

This was 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 the right-of-way at an intersection. Her injuries included a broken leg.