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Jogger killed by log truck in Priest River

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 3:21 p.m.

A woman visiting family in Priest River, Idaho was struck and killed by a log truck last week while jogging along a two-lane road.

The crash happened shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday on Dufort Road, which runs along the Pend Oreille River. The Idaho State Police reported Jesse R. Flory, 22, was driving a fully loaded Kenworth tractor-trailer and was negotiating a lefthand curve when he encountered Katherine Rose Malone, 36, jogging in the roadway.

Flory lost control and the truck overturned, spilling its load. Malone was pronounced dead at the scene and taken to a funeral home in Newport.

ISP Lt. Chris Schenk said Flory, who was not wearing a seatbelt, received only minor cuts and bruises. The crash remained under investigation Monday and Flory had not been cited.

An obituary for Malone says she lived in Nashville, Tennessee and was visiting her family’s cabin in Priest River. She was born in Southern California and graduated high school in Topeka, Kansas, where a memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

“After working on Capitol Hill, Katie moved to Nashville in 2007,” the obituary says. “She was a member of the Robertson County Runners, Nashville Junior League, P.E.O. and Westminster Presbyterian Church.”

Malone is survived by her parents, a brother, a step-sister, a former husband, her daughter, Rosie, and a large extended family, the obituary says.