Driver dies after two vehicle crash in Otis Orchards - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Driver dies after two vehicle crash in Otis Orchards

OTIS ORCHARDS, Wash. - Emergency crews responded to the the fatal of a serious two vehicle collision near the intersection of E. Wellesley Ave. and N. Murrary Dr. that happened around 11 a.m. Sunday.

A 35-year-old Newman Lake man who was ejected from his vehicle was transported by a MedStar helicopter to Sacred Heart Medical Center where he later died.

According to Cpl. Don Manning, the male was westbound on Wellesley Avenue at very high speed when he attempted to pass two other westbound vehicles that were traveling much slower.

As he started the pass, the lead vehicle, a 1998 Ford Taurus driven by Amanda Hammond of Post Falls, Idaho, began making a left turn onto Murray Road.  The Jeep collided with the left front of the Taurus.Immediately after the crash deputies described the driver of the Jeep's injuries as "Grave".   They said he had and obvious broken leg, but most of his injuries appeared to be internal.

The collision caused the Jeep to slide off the roadway and roll at least two times.  The driver was ejected during the roll and an Avista power pole was sheared off.

Manning said initial investigation indicated the Jeep was travelling at greater than 60 mph in the posted 35 mph zone when the crash occurred, and that all indications were that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. 

A Spokane Sheriff's Office spokesperson said the name of the man who was killed will not be released until a medical examiner could preform an autopsy.  The autopsy is likely to be performed Monday. 

Hammond suffered only bumps and bruises in the crash.  Her one adult passenger and two children in the car were not injured.

There was no indication that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash which remains under investigation.

There will be no KHQ local news at 5 and 6 tonight due to NBC's NFL Football coverage, but KHQ.com will be updated with local news throughout the day.  There will also be a news segment within the Fall Sports Forecast Post Show airing at 8 p.m. after NFL Football.  KHQ Local News 11 @ 11 will air at it's regular time.

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