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In brief: Driver killed in crash on Trent Avenue

A 48-year-old man died after he rolled his car while driving under the influence of intoxicants at 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

Donald R. Crum, of Coeur d’Alene, was westbound on Trent Avenue near Starr Road in the Newman Lake area when he went off the north side of the road, according to the Washington State Patrol, which listed the cause as DUI. As he overcorrected, his Hyundai Accent rolled and he was ejected. Crum was not wearing a seat belt, the WSP said.

He was transported by MedStar to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he died.

Asia Hege

Man riding tube hurt at Hauser Lake

A Sandpoint man was badly injured Saturday at Hauser Lake when he was thrown off a tube being towed by a boat.

Jeffrey A. Nevis, 48, was being towed about 3:55 p.m. by an 18-foot boat driven by Michael L. Vielguth, of Spokane, Kootenai County sheriff’s officials said. Vielguth, 46, tried to whip Nevis around at a high speed, but wind and waves threw him off the tube, witnesses told police.

Nevis hit the water and was unable to move. The boat’s occupants jumped in but couldn’t get him out of the water.

Marine deputies, Kootenai County dive team members and medical personnel responded by boat and got Nevis out of the water. He was taken to Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene, where he was in serious condition Saturday night.

Nevis was wearing a life jacket, which kept him from drowning, a sheriff’s news release said.

Carolyn Lamberson

Head-on collision sends six to hospital

A two-car, head-on collision on state Route 25 north of Davenport sent six people to the hospital Saturday.

A 72-year-old driver was airlifted to a Spokane hospital; five others were transported by ambulance to Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chewelah, the Washington State Patrol said.

The crash occurred about 7 p.m. 37 miles north of Davenport, the WSP said. As of 9:45 p.m., troopers were still on the scene, according to a WSP dispatcher.

Carolyn Lamberson


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