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Driver may face felony due to fatality accident

Victim, Chandler, was Free Press correspondent for years

— The driver who allegedly caused last week’s three-vehicle fatality crash east of Kooskia may be facing a criminal charge.

David R. Mcintyre, 25, of Kooskia, is listed in serious condition in ICU at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. According to the Idaho State Police investigator on the case, Trooper Scott Redinger, a felony vehicular manslaughter charge is being considered against Mcintyre related to the death of Eleanor A. Chandler, 75.

No charges have been filed as of press time, and the case is currently under investigation.

Chandler was known as Dolores Shannon, who lived with her husband at Kooskia, and since February 2012 was the Idaho County Free Press correspondent covering community news for the Kooskia and Kamiah areas. Among her community involvement included as secretary for the Tahoe QRU. She formerly lived in Elk City where she served as a Free Press correspondent. Discrepancy on the name reported by ISP is being attributed to her not updating her driver’s license information following her marriage.

“Our sympathy goes out to Dolores’ family,” said Sarah Klement, publisher, Idaho County Free Press. “She was a fun, friendly person to be around, and she worked hard to cover the communities on her beat.”

Initially, cause of the Oct. 25 accident on U.S. Highway 12 is being attributed to Mcintyre crossing the center line in his eastbound 1996 Ford Mustang and striking head-on Chandler’s 2001 Dodge Neon.

Speed is an unknown factor in the incident, according to Redinger, as no evidence could be recovered at the scene of how fast Mcintyre was traveling. However, the possibility that Mcintyre was driving impaired at the time, allegedly under the influence of alcohol and/or methamphetamine according to witnesses, is yet to be determined by a blood test being processed by ISP.

The incident was reported last Tuesday evening, 5:36 p.m. at milepost 71.2. After Mcintyre’s vehicle struck the Dodge, it then spun around and struck a 2009 Ford Escape, driven by Karl M. Nelson, 58, of Kamiah. Then both Chandler and Nelson’s vehicles went off the embankment of the eastbound side of the road.

Nelson and his wife, Stephanie H. Nelson, 56, were transported to Syringa Hospital in Grangeville where they were treated and released.

US 12 was blocked for approximately five hours. Assisting were Lewis and Idaho county sheriff’s offices, Kooskia Fire Department and ambulance.


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