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North Idaho woman dies in single-vehicle collision near Hauser Lake

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018

From staff reports

A North Idaho woman died Monday night in a single-vehicle collision near Hauser Lake.

Idaho State Police said Mercedes A. Abernathey, 20, of Rathdrum, was driving westbound on state Highway 53 near milepost 2 when she drove off the right shoulder and struck a guardrail. She then overcorrected and slid off the left shoulder, causing the vehicle to roll and come to rest on a railroad right of way.

Abernathey was not wearing a seat belt, police said in a news release. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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