A Coeur d’Alene woman was arrested on a felony vehicular manslaughter charge Friday afternoon after driving the wrong direction on Interstate 90 and causing a head-on collision that killed a 24-year-old Spokane Valley man, according to the Idaho State Patrol.
The wrong-way driver, Christine M. Cann, 57, and the victim, Jeremy T. Scherer, were taken to Kootenai Health after the crash. Scherer died at the hospital of traumatic injuries. Cann was booked into the Kootenai County Jail that night and remained there Monday with bond set at $75,000.
The ISP on Monday released a video clip taken from a witness’s dashboard-mounted camera, which shows two vehicles swerving out of the way after Cann’s Toyota RAV4 enters the freeway from the eastbound off-ramp at Northwest Boulevard.
The crash occurred at about 12:37 p.m. Friday. The ISP said Cann’s SUV collided head-on with Scherer’s Chevrolet Sonic hatchback, causing it to spin into a Subaru Forester driven by an Issaquah man. Cann’s SUV came to rest in the middle of the eastbound lanes while the other two vehicles went into the shoulder.
The ISP said several witnesses stopped and gave statements to investigating troopers, but the dashcam video shows a number of other drivers who may have witnessed Cann’s SUV or the crash but have not yet spoken with police. The ISP said witnesses should call the agency’s Coeur d’Alene office at (208) 209-8730.
“A young man sadly did not survive this crash,” ISP Capt. John Kempf said in a news release. “The video shows there may be more people who can help us put together what happened. We hope when those folks realize what they witnessed, they’ll contact investigating troopers.”
Scherer’s wife, Priscilla Gonzalez Scherer, started a fundraiser on GoFundMe.com to cover her husband’s funeral expenses, and on Facebook, the Roadhouse Coffee Co. espresso stand in Coeur d’Alene said it would donate $1 from every drink purchase on Sunday toward that cause.
Gonzalez Scherer wrote that she and her husband had a 10-month-old son and were trying for a second child.
“We had dreams and goals to give our son the best life,” she wrote. “My husband was so kind, loving, would take breaks from home to hang with our baby and make sure I’m good! He was the best soul I’ve ever met and his life was robbed so young at age 24.”
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