Man pronounced dead after car crashes into Hayden Lake - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Man pronounced dead after car crashes into Hayden Lake

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - Kootenai County Sheriff's Department deputies and Dive Team Members responded to the area of E. Hayden Lake Road near Tobler's Marina when a resident in the area heard a vehicle crash into the water near the Marina around 1:30 Saturday morning.

Deputies arrived in the area and started checking the area, and were unable to locate a vehicle at the Marina.  One of the deputies located a vehicle in the water approximately a quarter mile west of the Marina.

Dive Team members were able to gain access to the vehicle and located an unconscious male in the vehicle.

Deputies and Northern Lakes Fire Personnel attempted to resuscitate the male, however, medical personnel declared him dead at the scene.

The driver and only occupant of the vehicle was positively identified as Whitney R. Clute, 30 of Hayden. 

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.  Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash; however toxicology results are still pending.

Kootenai County Sheriff's Department Traffic Team members and Detectives are handling the investigation.

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