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Litehouse Foods employees hit by truck during lunchtime walk; One dead, one in hospital

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The scene of the incident on McGee Road (Photo: Craig Jamison) The scene of the incident on McGee Road (Photo: Craig Jamison)
SANDPOINT, Idaho -

Two people were hit by a truck while out on a lunchtime walk in Sandpoint Thursday, according to a Litehouse Foods, Inc. spokesperson. 

Police say two employees of Litehouse were walking down McGhee Road outside of the company's headquarters on Thursday when they were struck by a truck. 

One of the employees was killed in the incident, the other is in critical condition. Idaho State Police questioned the driver, 22-year-old Peter F. Goullette, who was found performing CPR on one of the employees laying in the road. 

That employee, 61-year-old Katherine Stelzer, died at the scene. The other employee, 50-year-old Zualita L. Updike, was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center in critical condition, but her condition has been upgraded to stable.

Detectives told KHQ's Patrick Erickson that the driver was cooperative, and they don't think drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

Goullette was taken into custody for an unrelated probation violation.

His girlfriend told KHQ that at the time of the crash, Goullette was fixing his son's seat-belt, and that he never saw the two women in the road.

The president of Litehouse Inc. released this statement regarding Stelzer's death:

"Kathy was a part of our Litehouse organization for more than 15 years and was a valued colleague, good friend and a cherished member of the Litehouse family of employee-owners. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family as we mourn the loss of Kathy at this very sad time."

The crash remains under investigation.?

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