Harrison Man Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter After Fatal Accident Saturday
Kootenai County Sheriff Office
HARRISON -- On Saturday, October 2 at around 9:00 p.m., the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a single-vehicle accident in the area of Thompson Lake Road and Harlow Point Road near the city of Harrison.
Kootenai County Deputies, Eastside Fire, and Harrison Ambulance responded. Once they arrived on the scene, it was learned there were four occupants in the vehicle. Three of the occupants sustained non-life-threatening injuries and the fourth occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene. Due to the accident being a fatality, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Team responded and took over the investigation.
Through the investigation, it was determined that Michael L. Holiman, a 70-year-old male from Harrison, Idaho was the driver. He sustained some non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at Kootenai Health. Nancy L. Holiman, a 69-year-old female, from Harrison, Idaho died at the scene. Two other occupants, Craig M. Holiman, a 39-year-old male from Coeur d’ Alene, and Patricia M. Holiman, a 40-year-old female from Coeur d’ Alene both suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were treated at Kootenai Health for their injuries.
As a result of the investigation, it was learned that the four occupants were at an Octoberfest event in Harrison. Additionally, witnesses on the scene put Michael in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash. While talking to Michael at the Hospital, it was believed he had consumed alcohol, so a search warrant was requested and approved for a blood draw to determine his BAC.
Based on witness statements putting Michael in the driver’s seat at the time of the accident and that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, he was arrested for Vehicular Manslaughter.
Michael was treated at Kootenai Health and later released and transported to the Public Safety Building where he was booked for the Manslaughter charge.
This is an active investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.