Coeur d’Alene woman dies after driving car into Fernan Lake

Coeur d’Alene woman dies after driving car into Fernan Lake
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According to Kootenai Health, 40-year-old Pepper Richardson died overnight.

Her car crashed into approximately 12 feet of water in Fernan Lake Sunday afternoon.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Team continues to investigate the incident. Alcohol and speed are believed to factors in the crash.

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A Coeur d’Alene resident is in critical condition after driving a vehicle into a lake in North Idaho Sunday.

According to Kootenai County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ward Crawford, Pepper L. Richardson, 40, crashed a vehicle into Fernan Lake, east of Coeur d’Alene. It happened at about 3:22 p.m. on the 4800 block of E. Fernan Lake Road.

Sgt. Crawford reports that emergency public safety divers from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Dive Rescue Team pulled Richardson from the submerged car about 27 minutes after the initial 911 call. Richardson was taken to Kootenai Health for treatment.

Richardson was the only person involved in this incident. Sgt. Crawford said speed and alcohol appear to be a factor in the crash.

Members of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Kootenai County Fire and Rescue, and Kootenai County EMS all responded.