A teen riding his bike on a highway in north Idaho was struck by a vehicle Wednesday night.

Idaho State Police are investigating the accident that happened on March 27th at 7:54 PM in Orofino, ID.

Teen Sustains Serious Injuries After Being Hit By Car on Idaho Highway

According to the report by ISP on their blog, the accident happened on US Highway 12 in the westbound lane near mile marker 42.

A 19-year-old male from Orofino was wearing dark clothing while riding his bicycle in the westbound lane of US Highway 12, near milepost 42. A 72-year-old female from Orofino was driving westbound in a red Honda Accord when she collided with the bicyclist. In the investigation, it was found that the bicyclist failed to have proper lighting and reflector equipment on his bicycle and failed to ride to the nearest curb or edge.

The bicyclist was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. He was also cited by police for the above-mentioned infractions. The incident blocked traffic westbound on the highway for around 3 hours.

Drugs and Alcohol Possible Factor in Idaho Car Crash

ISP also responded to and is investigating an accident that occurred earlier on Wednesday. A 2-vehicle injury crash on US 95 at West Elmira Road in Bonner County a few minutes after 2 PM blocked traffic in both directions for about 2 hours. ISP reports:

The driver of a white Mercury Grand Marquis crossed the double center line and struck a maroon Chevrolet Malibu head-on. Both drivers, in their early 50s, were transported via ground ambulance to the hospital where they were treated for injuries resulting from the crash. The driver of the Chevrolet was then taken to a separate facility for further treatment.

Evidence found on scene indicates that drugs and/or alcohol may have been involved in this crash.

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Another accident is being shown today, Friday at 1:53 PM, on the Idaho 511 app north of Coeur d'Alene on State Highway 97 near E Beauty Bay Drive.

Credit Idaho 511
Credit Idaho 511

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