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Vehicular manslaughter charged in 2016 crash

Grangeville man set for March 6 preliminary hearing in felony case

— Four months following a three-car fatality crash at Kooskia, a Grangeville man has been charged with felony vehicular manslaughter.

A preliminary hearing in magistrate court is set next Monday, March 6, for David R. McIntyre, 25. According to the criminal complaint, McIntyre’s acts in the incident were a “significant cause contributing to the death of Eleanor Adair Chandler.”

The felony charge resulted from an Oct. 25, 2016, three-car accident on U.S. Highway 12 approximately three miles north of Kooskia. According to an Idaho State Police investigation, McIntyre was driving westbound and crossed the double-yellow line into the eastbound lane where his 1996 Ford Mustang collided with Chandler’s 2001 Dodge Neon. Still in the eastbound lane, the Mustang spun around and struck a 2009 Ford Escape, driven by Karl Nelson, 58, of Kamiah.

Chandler, 75, died at the scene. Karl and his passenger, Stephanie H. Nelson, 57, of Coeur d’Alene, were treated at Syringa Hospital; reported injuries for Stephanie included a broken back and concussion. McIntyre was under care in Seattle for serious injuries and was released from treatment in December.

“I noticed a westbound car drift into our lane,” Karl stated in his report to ISP. “He then made a quick jerk, putting him head on into the car in front of us.” According to the ISP investigation, the Nelsons stated it appeared as though the driver was attempting to get into a crash.

According to ISP investigation documents, witnesses that Oct. 25 evening reported McIntyre appeared upset, and that he had threatened to commit suicide as per a note he left at the Kooskia Café just prior to the accident.

Idaho County Prosecutor Kirk MacGregor explained charging in this case was delayed pending McIntyre’s treatment for injuries suffered in the accident and his release from medical care.


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