Spokane Valley man killed after car goes into Hayden Lake

Spokane Valley man killed after car goes into Hayden Lake

UPDATE: An autopsy was performed on Christopher Lancaster Tuesday. Investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the crash and are expecting final autopsy reports in four to six weeks.

Andrea Berkey was released from the hospital with minor injuries.

Prior to this incident, there have been two vehicle crashes into the water at Honeysuckle Boat Launch in the past 12 years, with one being a fatality. Both occurred in 2011 and alcohol intoxication was determined to be the primary cause of these two other crashes.

This is an ongoing investigation and additional information will be released when appropriate.

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One man was killed and a woman was injured after their vehicle went into Hayden Lake early Saturday morning, prompting a rescue from multiple authorities.

Around 2:30 Saturday morning, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a vehicle in the water at the Honeysuckle Boat Launch at Hayden Lake.

Authorities from the KCSO, Idaho State Patrol, and medical personnel from Northern Lake Fire and Coeur d’Alene Fire responded to the scene and found a woman hanging onto the dock but still in the water. Divers from the KCSO Dive Rescue Team went in the water and removed a man from the vehicle. Both the man and woman were transported to Kootenai Health.

34-year-old Christopher Lancaster of Spokane Valley was pronounced dead at the hospital. 25-year-old Andrea Berkey of Post Falls was treated for minor cold water injuries.

The KCSO Traffic Investigation team is actively investigating the case.