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Driver, 18, killed in morning collision on U.S. 95

UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24, 2012, 12:09 P.M.

A Coeur d’Alene high school student died this morning when his pickup truck was hit by a semi truck on U.S. Highway 95.

The accident happened around 7:24 a.m. south of Coeur d’Alene. James F. Winzer, 18, a senior at Lake City High School, died at the scene, according to the Idaho State Police.

Winzer was driving a 2003 Chevy pickup eastbound on Carnie Road. According to investigators, he pulled onto the highway in front of a southbound Kenworth semi tractor driven by Ronnie V. Ament, 65, of Athol.

Winzer was wearing a seat belt, police said.

Winzer was “a super-intelligent young man” and a diploma candidate in the International Baccalaureate program at his school, Lake City High Principal Deanne Clifford said.

The Coeur d’Alene School District’s crisis management response team was activated to help classmates, teachers and parents cope with the death.

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