Woman killed in crash near casino – Lewiston Morning Tribune

A Mountain Home, Idaho, woman died at the scene of a two-vehicle crash that sent four other people to a hospital Friday afternoon near the Clearwater River Casino and Lodge.

Katherine Groggett, 20, of Mountain Home, was stopped at a stop sign on Nez Perce Road and was turning left onto U.S. Highway 12/95 in a Toyota Corolla just after 1 p.m. when her car was struck in the driver’s side by a 2000 Dodge Durango driven by Wesley Twitchell, 23, of Winchester, according to a news release from Idaho State Police.

Twitchell and his passenger were taken to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, as were two passengers in the Corolla.

Idaho State Police Lt. Rich Adamson said a man in the Durango was arrested on a warrant, but no other citations or arrests were made in relation to the crash.

Numerous fatalities and injury crashes have been reported near the casino, and despite efforts to make it safer, dangerous, often fatal crashes continue. The Idaho Transportation Department installed a road island at the west entrance to the business in an effort to prevent vehicles from turning left out from that entrance to head east and cross four lanes of highway.

Even with signage and the road island, drivers often can be seen crossing both sides of the highway to head east. The east entrance of the casino is unblocked and crossing the four lanes of highway to head east is allowed there.

Multiple crashes — and all of the other most-recent fatalities — have occurred at the west entrance.

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