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Teen's death marks third fatal collision in week

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane Valley family is grieving the loss of 19-year-old Alexandra Phillips, the girl who was struck and killed on I-90 Wednesday night. Troopers say a moose wandered onto the highway, causing a chain reaction of events that led to her death.
 
The chain started when one car hit the moose and pulled over to the right shoulder, where the driver called 911. Another driver hit the moose and veered onto the median. A third car, driven by Phillips, hit the moose and also veered onto the median. She got out of her car to examine the damage and that's when a fourth car hit the moose, drifted sideways, struck Phillips and then rolled.

Phillips was with a passenger at the time, who was standing next to her when Phillips was hit.

Phillips leaves behind her parents and a brother and sister.

No one else was injured. Troopers say no charges will be filed in the collision. All those involved underwent drug and alcohol testing and all were cleared.

WSP cannot recall another highway fatality involving a moose in the past year. Idaho State Police say there has been one freeway fatality involving a moose, near exit 44 on I-90.

This is the third fatality in Spokane and Pend Oreille Counties just this week. The first was on May 10 on Highway 195 at Meadow Lane involving 9-year-old Nehalah May. The second happened May 11 on Highway 20 with 82-year-old Nolan Lewis. With the upcoming Memorial holiday, troopers are urging drivers to use caution on the roadways.

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