Local Authorities: Twins Injured In Alcohol-Fueled Crash - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Local Authorities: Twins Injured In Alcohol-Fueled Crash

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: A 39-year-old Veradale man is critical and his twin brother in satisfactory condition at a downtown hospital following a Wednesday night crash at Sixteenth and Progress.

Kenton R. Kovarik was reportedly paralyzed following the crash that destroyed a one-ton pickup truck, a fence, a power pole and a large storage building. Two other vehicles were damaged and the driver of one suffered minor injuries. Kenton's brother, Brian D. Kovarik, was in satisfactory condition with unspecified injuries. 

Both brothers were ejected from the 2001 Ford F-350 pickup when it rolled at least twice.  Neither admits being the driver. According to Spokane Valley Police Officer Jeff Thurman, the brothers were southbound on Progress Road at high speed about 10:10 p.m. Wednesday when they failed to stop for the stop sign at Sixteenth. 

The back of the truck was clipped by a 1998 Buick driven by Veradale resident Jeric J. McDonald that had just entered the intersection.

The collision sent the truck into a side-slide.  When it hit the curb, it began rolling and took out the power pole, fence and building. Callers to 911 described the scene as an "explosion." Roadways were closed during the investigation and until Vera Power crews could remove and repair downed power lines.

Thurman said the crash appeared to be the result of impaired driving, and said there were "beer cans everywhere."   The spare tire from the pickup careened another half-block down Progress and struck a parked car, the third damaged vehicle. Investigation of the crash continues.

 

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