An SUV driven by a Spokane man struck an embankment and flipped several times on a state highway near Lake Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday morning, killing one occupant and injuring four others, all of whom were not wearing seatbelts.
The crash occurred just after 5 a.m. near mile marker 6.1 on State Highway 5 in Heyburn State Park, according to a news release from the Idaho State Police. Ronnie Quintana, 27, was trying to round a turn in the road when he crossed the centerline and hit an embankment, which caused the vehicle to flip. Quintana was thrown from the vehicle. Passenger Jamie Kirkland Rivera, 33, of St. Maries, Idaho, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Quintana and 26-year-old Mary Zurcher Christian, of Tensed, Idaho, were taken to Kootenai County Medical Center where they were in fair condition Wednesday night. Two other passengers were transported to Benewah Community Hospital.
The highway was closed for five hours following the incident.