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Man accused of driving truck in deadly crash gives tearful interview from behind bars

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"I killed somebody," Goulette told KHQ from behind bars. "I killed somebody," Goulette told KHQ from behind bars.
SANDPOINT, Idaho -

From jail, 22-year-old Peter Goullette tearfully apologized to the families of the people he admits to hitting with his truck. Idaho State Police say 22-year-old Peter Goullette was driving the pick up that struck and killed 61-year-old Katherine Stelzer and injured Zualita Updike.

According to police, both women are employees with Litehouse Foods, Inc.  They were  on their lunch break when they were hit.

"I killed somebody," Goulette told KHQ from behind bars.

Goulette says he turned around to adjust his son's seatbelt, and when he turned forward again realized he was about to hit the women.

"I'm so sorry to her family and the other lady. If I could take it back, I would," he said, adding, "I didn't mean to do it."

According to the Idaho State Repository, Goulette was found guilty of resisting or obstructing officers, driving above the speed limit, failing to stop or yeild, unlawful possession of a weapon, battery, driving without privileges, and careless driving, among other crimes.

According to the Bonner County Prosecutor, a preliminary test showed that Goulette may have tested positive for some amount of THC, but the test needed to be sent to a lab for confirmation.

"Additionally a positive test for THC doesn't necessarily mean a positive test for the active agent of marijuana and it would be premature to speculate Goulette was under the influence of marijuana," the prosecutor's office added.

The Idaho State Police Department says toxicology results are part of their investigation, which is ongoing. ISP tells KHQ they going to finish the investigation before deciding charges in the crash.

As of Friday, Zualita Updike was awake and alert recovering at Sacred Heart. A representative with Litehouse Foods Inc. says no public memorials have been scheduled for Stelzer yet.

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