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Car Wreck Claims CdA Athlete Austin

Coeur d'Alene High basketball player Devon Austin during practice on Monday, December 8, 2008. KATHY PLONKA The Spokesman-Review (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman Review)
Coeur d'Alene High basketball player Devon Austin during practice on Monday, December 8, 2008. KATHY PLONKA The Spokesman-Review (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman Review)

Devon Austin is shown during a Coeur d'Alene High basketball practice in this Dec. 8, 2008, SR file photo. Austin and Ryan Reinhardt, both Coeur d'Alene teen-agers, were killed in a car crash near Twin Falls Sunday. Jessica Duran, a third teen-ager from Coeur d'Alene, was injured.

Devon Austin, the Gatorade Player of the Year for Idaho in baseball last spring, died in a car accident early Sunday morning, friends said. Austin was the passenger in a car driven by his friend, Ryan Reinhardt, when it failed to negotiate a curve about seven miles south of Twin Falls, friends said. Austin and Reinhardt both died. Both weren’t wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the car, friends said. Another passenger, Jessica Duran, Austin’s girlfriend, suffered minor injuries, friends said. Austin, a catcher, was attending College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls on a baseball scholarship. Austin is the grandson of Coeur d'Alene City Councilman Ron Edinger/Greg Lee. More here.




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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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