A St. Maries man succumbed to his injuries following a serious crash on Highway 95.

Nicholas S. Spooner died at Kootenai Health Aug. 15 after sustaining serious injuries. Both he and his father, Timothy P. Spooner, were rushed to the hospital in critical condition after colliding with a runaway tractor trailer three miles south of Coeur d’Alene.

According to the Idaho State Police, Wilbert K. Kahoonei, 56, of Puyallup, WA was traveling southbound on Highway 95 Aug 14. He was driving a semi-truck with a trailer, and attempted to negotiated a right-hand turn. Without warning, the trailer disconnected and veered into the northbound lane of travel.

At the same time, Nicolas and Timothy Spooner were driving northbound toward Coeur d’Alene in a 2015 Nissan Altima, and collided head-on with the rogue trailer. Both parties were critically injured in the accident, and were transported to Kootenai Health for treatment. Highway 95 was blocked for four hours while emergency crews worked to free the Spooners and clear wreckage.

Nicolas Spooner succumbed to his injuries the morning of Aug. 15. He was 25 years old. Timothy Spooner survived his injuries and remains in the hospital.

While an investigation is ongoing, Idaho State Police officers said the likely cause of the accident was severe mechanical failure in the trailer and semi. Neither Mr. Kahoonei nor his passenger, Darnelle I. Kahoonei, were injured in the crash. All four individuals were wearing their seatbelts prior to the accident.

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Defective equipment all over the United States and no recalls. Why? Exactly what failed? We seek answers to prevent further innocent lives from being lost. Over 700 will be lost in 2019 c

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