Idaho State Police says a race spotter was killed in a crash on Highway 41 Saturday morning near Blanchard, the second accident in two days involving a participant in the Spokane to Sandpoint relay race.
Police say the crash happened at about 6:15 a.m. as race spotter Patricia A. Lambie, 46, of Greenacres, was riding her bike alongside a 17-year-old girl running in the relay.
Investigators say 31-year-old Newport resident Bowdeen Kahuhu was driving north on Highway 41 near Blanchard when she crossed the center line, hitting Lambie and the runner as they traveled north in the shoulder of the southbound lanes.
Lambie was airlifted from the side of the highway to Kootenai Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead.
Hospital staff say the teen was treated and released at Kootenai Medical Center Saturday afternoon. According to a release, both were wearing reflective gear at the time of the collision.
ISP says witnesses say they believed Kahuhu was possibly driving under the influence. One witness even called 911 to report Kahuhu's erratic driving.
"As [the witness] left Spirit Lake, he noticed this driver was, in his own words, 'all over the road'," said Idaho State Police Corporal Charlie Greer. "He called 911 and before he had the chance to relay the information he lost cell service."
Cpl. Greer says the witness stopped a few miles down the road at a relay checkpoint and tried to call 911 again, but could not get a signal. According to investigators, the deadly collision happened a few minutes after the last call was attempted.
"It's extraordinarily frustrating and I don't have words for how frustrating it can be," said Cpl. Greer.
Kahuhu was booked into the Bonner County Jail Saturday, charged with vehicular manslaughter.
Race officials say Patti's job was to motivate runners along the course, it's most likely exactly what she was doing in the moments before she was hit.
"Everybody can say nothing but good things about her, what a wonderful person she is and how excited she was to be involved in this," exclaimed Cpl. Greer.
Saturday's fatal crash marked the second vehicle versus racer incident in 24 hours for the 185 mile relay.
The Washington State Patrol says 44-year-old Robin Johnson was hit as she ran across Highway 2 near Colbert Road Friday morning. Troopers say the teenager driver who hit Johnson wasn't responsible for the collision as Johnson failed to yield to traffic.
Johnson was listed in stable condition at a Spokane hospital Saturday afternoon.
Race organizers said they are saddened by Lambie's death and Friday's collision, but admitted they had yet to consider the future of the relay.
KXLY4's Annie Bishop and Ben Leighton contributed to this report.