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Clearwater man dies in Friday crash at Harpster

Palmer’s 2006 Dodge Ram where it came to rest last Friday, Sept. 16, across from the Harpster RV Park.

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Palmer’s 2006 Dodge Ram where it came to rest last Friday, Sept. 16, across from the Harpster RV Park.



— A suspected medical event may have resulted in last week’s fatal crash at Harpster in which a Clearwater man was killed.

Kallen W. Palmer, 61, died of injuries related to the Sept. 16 crash, according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO).

The one-vehicle crash was reported last Friday at 2:45 p.m. on State Highway 13, milepost 12, across from the Harpster RV Park. According to ICSO, Palmer was driving a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 southbound, headed into a right-hand curve. Investigation determined the pickup crossed the centerline and went off onto the left shoulder for approximately 100 feet where it glanced off a small tree – removing the vehicle’s front left wheel and part of the tie rod assembly – and then struck a larger tree before coming to a stop.

Investigator, ICSO Deputy Tim Sokolowski, found no skid marks, scuffs or tire marks on the roadway, which would indicate braking or evasive action. Physical impairment was listed as a possible contributing circumstance to the accident.

Palmer, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was extricated from the vehicle and CPR was conducted by first a group of citizens followed by EMTs. He succumbed to his injuries while in transport to Syringa Hospital.

Assisting Sokolowski were Deputy Kevin Brown, Syringa Ambulance and Grangeville Fire Department Extrication. Miles Body Shop provided the tow services. Trenary’s Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.



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