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Man killed after being rear-ended and pushed into oncoming traffic in northern Idaho


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The following is a news release from Idaho State Police.

On Nov. 11, at approximately 4:43 p.m., a fatal crash occurred on US 2 at milepost 24.5, in Dover, Idaho.

A white 2002 Nissan Frontier driven by Carson T. McCormick, 20, of Sandpoint, was traveling eastbound when he rear-ended a silver 2003 Mercedes M50 driven by Alan A. Ropp, 44, of Sandpoint, and occupied by Lisa M. Ropp, 33, of Sandpoint.

Being rear-ended caused Mr. Ropp to be pushed into oncoming traffic where he struck a white 1996 Chevy Tahoe driven by Raymond M. Arriaga, 60, of Priest River and occupied by Richard S. Taylor, 77, of Priest River who was traveling westbound. Mr. Ropp was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was not wearing a safety belt.

All others involved, excluding Mr. McCormick, were transported to Bonner General Health. Mr. McCormick, Mr. Arriaga and Mr. Taylor were wearing their safety belts. It is unknown at this time if Mrs. Ropp was or was not wearing her safety belt. The roadway was blocked for approximately three hours. Next of kin has been notified and the investigation is ongoing.