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By Kent Larsen

LDS Girl Dies In Road-Tubing Tragedy

OLDTOWN, IDAHO -- An 11-year-old LDS girl on an inner tube being towed behind a car died Sunday night after the inner tube was hit by a pickup truck. Mariah Mathia died instantly in the tragedy, which police are using to show the danger of this illegal wintertime sport.

Mariah and her sister Shanena were being towed behind a 1994 Volvo station wagon by their 16-year-old brother. As the brother slowed to make a turn, he saw the approaching pickup truck and braked suddenly, sending the inner tubes into the center of the street, where the pickup hit both girls. Mariah died instantly, and Shanena was injured. She was listed Monday in satisfactory condition at a local hospital.

According to news reports, Mariah was the second youngest of five children. She was homeschooled and her family are members of an LDS congregation in Priest River, Idaho. Police emphasized Monday that towing any tube or sled behind a motorized vehicle on roads is illegal. "It seems like we run across this every year," said Idaho State Police Lieutenant Curtis Exley. "It's not good common sense."


Girl dies in winter accident
Spokane WA Spokesman-Review 19Dec00 P2
By Angie Gaddy - Staff writer
11-year-old on inner tube was being towed when hit by oncoming truck


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