Steamboat Springs A Steamboat Springs teenager was killed in a car accident Friday night on an icy highway in Idaho.
An Idaho State Police dispatcher said Ann Barney, 19, was one of three people killed in an accident that occurred about 7:20 p.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 95, in the Cougar Gulch area just south of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The dispatcher said Barney was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Tyler Pearson, 21, of Kennewick, Wash. Police reported that Pearson was likely driving too fast for icy roads coated by rain earlier in the day.
Pearson and passenger Benjamin Lockard, 20, of Kennewick, also died as a result of the crash in which Pearson's Isuzu spun out of control and was struck on the side by an oncoming Chevy Suburban, the dispatcher said.
Brooke Smith, 19, of Kennewick, also was in Pearson's vehicle and was in critical condition Saturday evening at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene.
The oncoming car was driven by a 35-year-old woman who suffered a broken leg in the accident, the dispatcher said. No one else was in that car. No other cars were involved.
Barney graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in 2006 and was a sophomore at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Local soccer coach Rob Bohlmann said Saturday that he coached Barney during all four years of her high school career in Steamboat. Bohlmann spoke of Barney's vibrant, engaging character.
"She was an absolute tremendous personality," he said. "She was a great person, a great athlete, a great daughter and sister, and a great friend to a tremendous amount of people in this community."