Fatal Boat Crash on Lake Pend Oreille - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Fatal Boat Crash on Lake Pend Oreille

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SAGLE, Idaho - The Bonner County Sheriff's office says a powerboat operating on Lake Pend Oreille in northern Idaho slammed into a rock embankment, killing one and injuring three.

Officials say 44-year-old Jay Smith died of injuries from the crash on Friday after the boat hit the embankment about 11:20 p.m. a few hundred yards south of the entrance to a marina at Sourdough Point.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that Smith lived in the Oden Bay area of the lake near Sandpoint. Marine patrol Lt. Cary Kelly says the 18-foot powerboat was traveling at a high rate of speed. Kelly says a man and woman remained hospitalized on Saturday, and another man was treated and released. There names have not been released.

Police say it's unclear who was operating the boat.

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