Driver in fatal crash identified - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Driver in fatal crash identified

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The driver in Wednesday evening's fatal crash at the intersection of Williams Lake and Rock Lake Roads has been identified as 44-year-old James Johnson of Spokane.

Corporal Dave Thornburg reports that Johnson was eastbound on Williams Lake Road approaching its "T" intersection with Rock Lake Road.  The driver was approaching a stop sign in the posted 45 mph zone.

From evidence gathered at the scene, investigators believe Johnson was travelling around 80 mph.  He drifted off the shoulder of the roadway for about 150 feet, overcorrected and went into a side-slide.

His 2003 Honda slid sideways through the intersection, struck an embankment on the east side of Rock Lake Road and went end-over-end.  The car came to rest on its top with Johnson restrained by his seatbelt inside.

Emergency responders reported smelling alcohol while extracting him from the car, but blood test results are several weeks away.

Johnson's family said he had been winterizing a cabin and boat located at Williams Lake earlier Wednesday afternoon.

- Spokane County Sheriff

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