Suspect in three-year-old N. Idaho carjacking case dies

5-8-17: KREM 2's Taylor Viydo looks at what will happen to the pending 3-year-old case against a N. Idaho woman who recently passed away.

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – A North Idaho woman who was suspected of causing a pair of serious car crashes on Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive in 2014 has died.

Prosecutors confirmed Kara Powers’ death. Last month, Powers’ attorney had said she was on life support at a Phoenix-area hospital.

In January 2014, investigators said Powers hit a car on Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive. A good Samaritan then stopped to see if she was OK. Next, police said Powers got into the good Samaritan’s car, all while the woman's three children were still inside. The mom was frantically able to get the kids out just in time. Police said Powers then sped off down the same road and caused another wreck.

The crash sent Powers and the man driving a pickup to the hospital. After much investigation, authorities eventually charged Powers in 2015 with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an injury accident, and grand theft. All three are felonies.

Since she was charged, Powers’ trial was delayed six times. It's not entirely abnormal for criminal trials to be pushed back at least once or twice. Powers' trial was initially slated for January of 2016.

The delays come down to both prosecutors and the defense not being ready and fully prepared. According to Powers' lawyer, both sides asked for the most recent delay. It wasn't until recently that Powers' lawyer said that she was diagnosed with a "seizure condition."

Scheduling some of the defense's expert witnesses to travel to Coeur d'Alene had also been a challenge.

Not all the court files in this case were available. One previous hearing, before a trial date was set, was asked to be delayed by Powers' lawyer because she had recently moved to Hawaii. Powers was supposed to take place in a status conference in June. 

© 2017 KREM-TV


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