KOOSKIA – Impaired driving was cited as a possible factor in a two-vehicle collision July 11 that injured two people.
As of press time Tuesday, both patients were listed in good condition at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston: Christena M. Powell, 44, and Darren L. Woodgate, 47, both of Stites. Neither was wearing a seat belt.
The crash was reported at 9:03 p.m., 3.2 miles south of Kooskia on State Highway 13, according to an Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) report. Powell was driving a 1983 Chevrolet pickup southbound, with Woodgate as a passenger, too fast for a 35 mph curve and partially went into the west shoulder. She then overcorrected, causing the pickup to slide sideways and into the northbound lane where it struck an oncoming 2012 Ford Focus, driven by Kenneth L. Cochran, 48, of Kooskia. The impact flipped the pickup onto its passenger side and then back onto its tires on the east shoulder facing north.
As the pickup came back onto its tires, Woodgate was ejected from the vehicle, slid on his back and ended up on his face with his right leg pinned beneath the ground and the truck.
Cochran reportedly suffered minor injuries but he refused medical transport. He was wearing a seat belt, and the vehicle airbag deployed.
ICSO Deputy Randy Long is investigating the crash, and no citations have been so far issued. Scene assistance was provided by Kooskia Ambulance EMTs.
Miles Towing provided wrecker services.