Rathdrum man dies in crash near Twin Lakes

Rathdrum man dies in crash near Twin Lakes

A 53-year-old Rathdrum man died when his SUV ran into a tree early Sunday morning.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s office and Kootenai County fire and EMS responded to the crash near West Twin Lakes Road and North Lakeview Boulevard around 3:45 a.m.

Deputies found James A. Chaney inside a Dodge Durango that had left the roadway and crashed into a large tree. Chaney died at the scene.

The KCSO Crash Investigation Team believes Chaney failed to negotiate the curve in the road. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. Deputies do believe alcohol was somehow involved.

As a result of the crash, the intersection was closed for multiple hours but was reopened by late Sunday morning.

The investigation is continuing, and there is no other information at this time.