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Two killed, four injured in car accidents

From staff reports
Two people were killed and four were injured in car accidents around the Inland Northwest over the past two days. Coeur d’Alene resident Joan C. Sanders, 75, died Thursday afternoon in a car crash. Sanders was driving north on state Highway 57 near Priest Lake at 2:47 p.m. when she drove her 2015 Subaru Forester off the right hand shoulder and hit a tree, a news release from the Idaho State Police said. A Life Flight helicopter took Sanders to Newport Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Sanders was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. *** A dog on eastbound Interstate 90 in Post Falls at 7:15 p.m. Thursday caused a three-car pileup that sent one man to the hospital. Dylan Beaver, 20, of Post Falls, was driving east in a 2004 Ford Focus when his car was rear-ended by a 2003 GMC Yukon driven by Justin Adams, 38 of Albany, Oregon, a news release from the Idaho State Police said. The collision caused Beaver’s car to be pushed into a 2006 Ford Escape driven by Russell Trump, 61, of Yoncalla, Oregon. All three men were wearing seat belts. Only Beaver was injured. He was taken to Kootenai Health. His condition was not immediately available. The interstate was blocked for about three hours. *** A Florida man was killed in a car accident around 9 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 90 east of Ritzville. Kenneth D. Kautto, 67, of Cape Coral, Florida, was driving west at a “slow rate,” the Washington State Patrol reported. His 2014 Nissan 4-door was hit from behind by a 2012 Kenworth semi driven by William D. Oblak, 35, of Las Vegas. Kautto was declared dead at the scene. Oblak was not injured. Both men were wearing seat belts. No charges are pending. *** Paul G. Larsen, 71, of North Las Vegas, was injured Thursday in a car accident at 8:54 p.m. Larsen was headed south on state Highway 3 near St. Maries, Idaho. He was driving a 2007 Mercury Sable when he lost control on a turn and went off the northern embankment. Larsen and his two passengers, Dannie D. Waddell, of Hurricane, Utah, and Lea W. Larsen of North Las Vegas, were taken to Benewah General Hospital, the Idaho State Police said. All three were treated and released, according to the hospital. All three were wearing seat belts.