Couple killed in car crash on Hwy 95

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by Danielle Grant, KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 1:20 AM

SPOKANE -- A car crash devastated a Post Falls family Friday. Kenneth Gollnick, 54, and Joy Gollnick, 48, were killed about 4:30 p.m. in a two-car crash on Highway 95 about seven miles south of Coeur d'Alene.

Their teenage son, Daniel, 16, also in the car, was injured and taken to Kootenai Medical Center where he was listed in good condition and scheduled to be released.

Kenneth Gollnick was driving the family's Pontiac Grand Am southbound on Highway 95 to Lewiston when he lost control of the vehicle and slid into the northbound lane. The Pontiac was T-boned by an SUV driven by John Orvik, 52, of Post Falls.  He was also taken to Kootenai Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Idaho State Troopers said the parents were killed instantly.  Rescue crews had to pry the car open to rescue the son. State troopers said everyone was wearing seat belts.

Idaho State Trooper Corporal Sean Daly said he's worked for the State Police for 27 years, and has seen too many people lose their lives on roads in dangerous weather conditions.

"If people would slow down, take their time--good time management--leave the house earlier in these conditions, even if you're late, don't be in a hurry," Daly said.

Idaho State Troopers are investigating to see if speed played a role in the crash.  They said there's no reason to believe alcohol was a factor.

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