CLEARWATER COUNTY - On Friday February 14 at just after 3:00 P.M., The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office, Clearwater County Ambulance, and Orofino Fire Department responded to a single vehicle crash near mile post 46 on Highway 12. 56-year-old Terry Kleinsmith, of Weippe, was driving west in a 2006 Mazda MX6 when he failed to negotiate a corner and struck the concrete barrier. The Mazda spun around and came to rest in the opposite ditch facing east.
Kleinsmith, the only occupant, was not wearing a seat belt and the vehicle airbags were deployed. Kleinsmith was transported by ambulance to Clearwater Valley Hospital with minor injuries.
Alcohol was determined to a factor. A search warrant was obtained and a blood draw was done on Kleinsmith. The crash is still under investigation and the Mazda was removed by Orofino Body.