Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fatality Crash SH3 at milepost 94

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District 1 Patrol 615 West Wilbur Ave. Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
(208) 209-8620
Fax (208) 209-8619

For Immediate Release: 11/22/2017 01:05
Please direct questions to the District Office

On November 20th, 2017, at 6:45 pm, the Idaho State Police dispatch center received a call from concern family members of an overdue motorist. Robert R. Westbrook, 73, of Smelterville, Idaho, failed to return home from a medical appointment in Hayden, Idaho. The Idaho State Police dispatch center issued an attempt to locate for Mr. Westbrook and dispatched troopers to the areas to which he would have been traveling. Utilizing Mr. Westbrook's cell phone, the cell carrier was contacted and a trace of Mr. Westbrook's phone was attempted. The last location was in the Harrison/Rose Lake area on SH97 and SH3 on the evening of November 20th. The search for Mr. Westbrook continued into the next day as the Idaho State Police and Kootenai County Sheriff began searching all roads in the area for any sign of Mr. Westbrook's vehicle. An Idaho State Trooper was traveling on SH3 at approximately 7:45 pm, when he noticed tire tracks leading over an steep embankment. He stopped to investigate further and located Mr. Westbrook's vehicle, a tan 2008 Ford F350 pick-up. Mr. Westbrook had been ejected from the vehicle was found deceased at the scene. It was determined that Mr. Westbrook was southbound on SH3 near milepost 94, just north of the Kootenai/Benewah County lines, when he failed to negotiate a right hand curve, went left of center and off the left shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle then went over the embankment and struck a large tree, coming to rest on it's roof. Mr. Westbrook was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Next of kin has been notified and an autopsy will be performed to determine time of death. Investigation is continuing.