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Accident Kills 3 WSU Students, 2 from Kennewick

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SOUTH OF COEUR D'ALENE, Id. -- Three Washington State University students are dead following a crash Friday night on U.S. Highway 95 south of Coeur D'Alene.

A fourth person, also believed to be a  WSU student, is in Kootenai Medical Center and has been upgraded to fair condition. 

The Idaho State Police says that 21-year-old Tyler Pearson of Kennewick was driving an Isuzu SUV north on Highway 95 when the vehicle hit a patch of ice and slid into the southbound lane where it was hit by a Chevy Suburban. 

19-year-old Ann Barney of Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Benjamin Lockard of Kennewick were killed instantly. Pearson died this morning at Kootenai Medical Center. 19-year-old Brooke Smith was upgraded from critical to fair condition. 

The driver of the Suburban, 35-year-old Lea Barnes of Lakewood, Idaho was taken to Kootenai Medical Center. She has also been upgraded to fair condition at last check. 

Authorities say Pearson was driving too fast for conditions but the investigation into the crash continues. According to police, it appears the four students were headed for a day of snowboarding at Schweitzer Mountain.

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