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Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — Four people, including two children, were injured in separate crashes on Panhandle highways on Friday.

Idaho State Police said Cassandra Spencer was southbound on U.S. Highway 95 in Naples when she drifted off the right side of the road and struck an unattended Ford Expedition sport utility vehicle. The 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck Spencer was driving spun into the northbound lane and crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer.

The driver of the semi, Beloit Mendenhall, veered off the west side of the highway and was ejected. State police said Mendenhall, a 66-year-old from Bonners Ferry, was not wearing a seat belt, but managed to escape injury despite being thrown from the rig.

Spencer, 27, of Naples, was injured in the collision and taken to an area hospital for treatment, ISP said. Cason Spencer, 5, was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Jaycie Spencer, 3, was also injured and hospitalized.

The crash happened at about 9:30 a.m.

Minutes before that crash, a 77-year-old Spirit Lake man was injured when he lost control of his Dodge Ram quad cab pickup while driving southbound on Highway 41 in Kootenai County.

Richard Kiser wound up in the southbound lane, where he was struck by a Peterbilt tractor-trailer. The semi went off the west side of the road after striking several trees. Kiser also struck several trees after going off the east side of the road.

Kiser was taken to Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene. State police said he was wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the semi, Cecil Evey, 57, of Post Falls, was also wearing safety restraints, but was not injured in the crash, according to ISP.

State police issued a motorist advisory Friday warning that there were a number of slide-offs and crashes on Friday due to snow and ice. Troopers recommended that drivers use caution and give themselves plenty of time to reach their destinations.

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  • Luv83864 posted at 8:08 pm on Wed, Nov 14, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    Yeah right. My parents know you and I also have seen you numerous times.

  • B Hunter posted at 5:08 pm on Wed, Nov 14, 2012.

    B Hunter Posts: 95

    Luv83864-you are so clever..

  • Luv83864 posted at 1:54 pm on Wed, Nov 14, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    B Hunter since you are who feeds the turkeys you should know the women who complains non stop about the turkey poop left around her decks. I have no concerns except it is an additional hazard on the road. I should have known that when you posted since I have seen you out many times. I hope something good comes out of this before someone being cluelessly wreck-less takes a life.

  • Luv83864 posted at 6:52 pm on Tue, Nov 13, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    I was told he was told that by a neighbor to the east of his house. I personally don't care but I hate seeing the turkeys hurt and careless people. I feel anyone who is on the road knows there will likely be turkeys there and deer through the straight stretch. The fact is it slows even me down and I'm not usually speeding. Am I innocent? No. During the summer months I see most tourists either driving unbelievably slow whichis preferred over the speeding. I as it I know a very gossipy lady who lives on Lakeshore and she has been the one to tell me about the turkeys, the sheriffs lack of effort and called in one vehicle that hit the turkeys. I myself was almost attacked by a man with severe road rage in a bright red Toyota Tundra, extended cab with canopy. He is a. Maniac and has major anger issues which endangered me, my son and others. He passed me as I pulled, when he should have been stop sign still out and made traffic nearly collide.

  • B Hunter posted at 8:32 am on Tue, Nov 13, 2012.

    B Hunter Posts: 95

    ski2work. Feeding the turkeys slows down the traffic on that curve doesn't it? Maybe we need more turkeys on Lakeshore.....

    Luv83864: Who has asked him to stop feeding the turkeys?

  • Luv83864 posted at 7:48 am on Tue, Nov 13, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    That too. He has been asked not to feed them but that is one place I've witnessed people hit the turkeys. The turkeys are in the road pretty much daily at that location.

  • ski2work posted at 10:08 pm on Mon, Nov 12, 2012.

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    Well since we are harping about Lakeshore and deer, how about that knucklehead that feeds the wild turkey's at the curve westbound before Brisboys.... at any given time there could be 10-15 turkeys crossing the road to/from this guy's house, on a almost blind curve.

  • Luv83864 posted at 3:58 pm on Sun, Nov 11, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    I also think it should be illegal to cross highway 95 to Long Bridge Grill lot and congest traffic even more. It would be on thing if people who do that pulled out at South side of lot instead of the north end which is directly across from LSD.

  • Luv83864 posted at 11:59 am on Sun, Nov 11, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    B Hunter- I grew up there for 30 years and we once accidentally hit a deer at 5am. It was something i hooe doesn't happen again.I am aware year round there could be deer, turkey or person out and keep my eyes peeled. Ive seen turkeys in the road and cars/trucks who just straight ran them over and didn't even try to stop. It made me sick to my stomach. I was shaking and irate. i turned around and followed this truck and to my surprise it was a girl driving. I gave this women and her passenger a rave of words I can not repeat. Ive also seen someone in an eclipse do the same but not to half the flock. Speeding almost guarantees an accident, someone taking their off the road for 2 seconds is like 6 seconds of road distance passing instead of 2 seconds of distance at normal speed. There are so many factors that play in. Lake Shore Drive is still a dangerous road even after 30 years of riding/driving on it and having every foot memorized. There is not adequate space at the straight away at Brisboy Road and fish hatchery to pass unless one one slows down to let you pass or you go 55-60mph to pass. Ive been passed many other places but that is a major problem zone. Some drivers are already going that speed and I won't mention the tail gating. I have seen Sheriff on Lakeshore before but not patrolling to my knowledge. The reason I think that is because people were tailgating and driving like idiots. I drive that road at all times a day to my parents to drop off and pick p my son. Even at 10am, 2:00pm you will find speeders endangering others. B. Hunter is right anytime after 6:30am to 9:00am it's a big problem and 4:00pm-6:00pm is a hazard. I don't know how far down you travel but it seems to be to be a problem down the whole road. I travel it to Dufort, my mother in laws often. You can see patrol on Dufort quite often and for good reason. I also think there is in-adequate signage on Lake Shore Drive. My parents have the same concern. Often if I didn't have a my infant son with me, I would follow these people and confront them because I see them time after time.

  • B Hunter posted at 8:06 am on Sun, Nov 11, 2012.

    B Hunter Posts: 95

    Luv83864: I can't agree more with your posting. I have lived on Lake Shore Drive for a number of years. Despite several postings and requests from the BCS department to locate on this road and issue tickets, the speeders continue on this 35 MPH posted roadway. I have witnessed both in the AM and PM 50-55 estimated speeds of those going to and returning from work. I have witnessed deer that now walk with broken legs and also several smaller animals that have been killed as a result of excessive speed. I am ONCE AGAIN requesting assistance from those official responsible for patrolling this area. At least acknowledge this posting and advise your intent.

  • Luv83864 posted at 10:34 am on Sat, Nov 10, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    Hoping everyone especially the children are doing better. It's always a surprise to some and a good reminder for the rest of us. It looked the a little skiff of snow but it made the roads icy and potentially dangerous. My boyfriend called early and told me not to fool myself the roads were slick. He had just witnessed a few cars sliding around the roundabout, one losing their hubcap hitting the curb. Safe driving, it's not just yourself you in danger, it's innocent children and babies. Being late and safe is better anyway then not being at all. Often people pass dangerously and they end up at the exact same light as me right upon side me. I often smile and wave. Not to be a smart ass but so they can hopefully recognize the dangerous passing and reckless driving didn't do them any good. I've seen this time and time again on Lake Shore Drive and coming or going to CDA.