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Police investigating fatal motorcycle collision in downtown Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash.- Spokane Police are investigating a fatal collision involving a car and motorcycle.  The collision occurred at 7:21 Tuesday evening on S. Browne St. between 4th and 5th Ave. 

Police say a sliver Mercedes struck the motorcycle, seriously injuring the driver and critically injuring the passenger on the bike.  Both the driver of the motorcycle and the passenger were taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center. The 48-year-old passenger, Lorri Keller, died from her injuries at the hospital.

The driver of the motorcycle remains in serious condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

The driver of the Mercedes was take to Deaconess Medical Center to get checked out for minor injuries. There was one passenger in the Mercedes besides the driver, and police said she did not require medical attention.

Police say witnesses to the crash told them the driver of the Mercedes was driving recklessly prior to the collision. 

Corporal Tracy Meidl of the Spokane Police Department said the driver of the Mercedes,42-year-old Jon Strine of Spokane, will be charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.  Meidl said speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors to the deadly crash.

S. Browne Street, between 4th and 5th Street, was closed for four hours so police reconstructionists could investigate the crash.

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