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Lake Coeur d’Alene Fatality Crash Investigation

Four of the occupants provided false information

Lake Coeur d’Alene Fatality Crash Investigation

Lake Coeur d’Alene Fatality Crash Investigation

February 13, 2017
Ben Wolfinger, Sheriff

Kootenai County, Idaho – The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office has completed its investigation
of the July 30, 2016 boat crash that claimed the lives of Caitlin A. Breeze, Justin T. Honken, and Justin M. Luhr on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
After an extensive investigation and reconstruction of the crash, The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have forwarded their findings to the Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney for consideration on a variety of criminal charges.
The investigation found that on the night of July 30th, 2016 a vessel owned and operated by
Dennis David Magner (Spokane, WA) and occupied by four other individuals, was southbound
on Lake Coeur d’Alene when it struck a stationary vessel occupied by Breeze, Honken and Luhr, all of whom were fatally injured.
When Deputies began their initial investigation; four of the occupants, to include Magner
provided false information about the true identity of the driver of Magner’s boat. In the days
following the crash, information became public that three people were missing and presumed
drowned. It was then, that three of the occupants aboard Magner’s boat recanted their original
statements to Deputies and identified Magner as the person actually operating the vessel at the time of the crash.
Investigators have worked diligently to gather the facts and untangle the events that led to the
crash the night of July 30th. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the families and the
community for their patience as it remains a tragedy for those who have lost loved ones in this
crash.
Until this case can be fully reviewed by the Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office, it will remain
classified as “Active.” Additional information and details will only be released upon the final
determination of formal charges to be decided by the Kootenai County Prosecutor.

 

Crime

 

2 Comments on Lake Coeur d’Alene Fatality Crash Investigation

  1. Don’t expect to see a prosecution or any justice from this ‘accident’ any more than we saw from the July 4th accident on Lake Pend Oreille a few years ago when a boat speeding through the dark smashed into another boat killing an occupant. Idaho’s boating laws are so vague that justice will never prevail in deaths like these.

    If we prosecute out of state recreational boaters it just might cut into the money Idaho makes off of them when they realize they can’t get away with recklessly killing people on our waters and go elsewhere.

  2. How about BAC tests on all the occupants of the errand boat? Did the law enforcement think of doing that? Kind of too late now. When all four lied about who was driving…don’t you think a cover up took place???

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