Nicholas Spooner dies from injuries

By Oron Gilmore The Gazette Record
18 hrs ago

A St. Maries man succumbed to his injuries following a serious crash on Highway 95.

Nicholas S. Spooner died at Kootenai Health Aug. 15 after sustaining serious injuries. Both he and his father, Timothy P. Spooner, were rushed to the hospital in critical condition after colliding with a runaway tractor trailer three miles south of Coeur d’Alene.

According to the Idaho State Police, Wilbert K. Kahoonei, 56, of Puyallup, WA was traveling southbound on Highway 95 Aug 14. He was driving a semi-truck with a trailer, and attempted to negotiated a right-hand turn. Without warning, the trailer disconnected and veered into the northbound lane of travel.

At the same time, Nicolas and Timothy Spooner were driving northbound toward Coeur d’Alene in a 2015 Nissan Altima, and collided head-on with the rogue trailer. Both parties were critically injured in the accident, and were transported to Kootenai Health for treatment. Highway 95 was blocked for four hours while emergency crews worked to free the Spooners and clear wreckage.

Nicolas Spooner succumbed to his injuries the morning of Aug. 15. He was 25 years old. Timothy Spooner survived his injuries and remains in the hospital.

While an investigation is ongoing, Idaho State Police officers said the likely cause of the accident was severe mechanical failure in the trailer and semi. Neither Mr. Kahoonei nor his passenger, Darnelle I. Kahoonei, were injured in the crash. All four individuals were wearing their seatbelts prior to the accident.

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Nicholas Scott Spooner

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Nicholas Scott Spooner, 25, resident of St. Maries, Idaho, passed on to be with his Lord August 15, 2019 at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. He was born to Tim and Jamie (Grove) Spooner May 26, 1994 in Waxahachie, Texas. His family moved to St. Maries in 1999 so Nick could attend all 12 years of school and graduate from St. Maries High School in 2012. While in school, Nick played soccer, basketball, track and played drums in the school band. He was very involved in the Nazarene Church, and enjoyed participating in their youth programs.

Nick thoroughly enjoyed life. There were many ways he had fun with his brother, Andrew, and the coolest of friends. They enjoyed each other’s company through many opportunities like rousing games of paint ball, a yearly camp out, birthday parties, floating down the river, snorkeling and of course, video games among other things!! He had a good heart and genuinely wanted to help others. This trait of wanting to help people turned into his goal to be an addiction counselor.

Following high school, Nick moved on to attend the University of Idaho in Moscow. He graduated in 2016 with his B.A. in Psychology. He then attended Lewis and Clark State College where he obtained his B.A. in Social Work graduating May 2019. During this time, he also balanced a full-time job with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) out of the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport.

This summer, Nick began the final leg of his education by attending Boise State University’s Graduate Program in Social Work preparing for his addiction counseling career.

Last year when Nick renewed his license, he chose to be an organ donor. We honored his decision to help others despite his tragic death.

Nick is survived by his parents Tim and Jamie Spooner of St. Maries; brother Andrew Spooner of St. Maries; paternal grandparents Dewey and Billie Spooner; maternal grandparents Gerry and JoAnn Grove; and numerous aunts and uncles, cousins and friends galore. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Dorothy Grove and Uncle Todd Spooner.

A celebration of life will be Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 3 p.m. at the St. Maries Nazarene Church.

Please visit his online memorial at

 In 1971 J. Standard Baker Quoted " Drivers Towing Trailers  Are Four (4) Times As Unsafe As Those In Cars Alone! 

Nicholas Spooner dies from injuries we must seek answers as to why the "Idaho State Police officers said the likely cause of the accident was severe mechanical failure in the trailer and semi" 

What product failed?

Who produced product?

What companies are involved?

Maintenence records?

Metal Fatigue?

How many of the same exact equipment is and are on the road?


Are we going to forget this loss of life?  Not if we can help it.