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UPDATE: Jessica Sharpe, an EWU pre-nursing student and CV grad, just went through one of her many surgeries that she'll have to undergo to repair damage done to her body because of the wreck on I-90 Sunday evening.
 
Multiple bones in both of legs, feet and ankle were broken along with her pelvis and arm. She also sustained burns on her left arm from debris in the wreck.
 
According to Trevor Sharpe, Jessica's Brother, Jessica will undergo several surgeries and have to be confined to a wheelchair for several months after the surgeries are finished. Fortunately, she did not sustain any head or spinal cord injuries in the wreck.
 
Trevor asks on behalf of Jessica and her family for people to keep Jessica in their thoughts and prayers because she still has a long road ahead of her.
 
When asked about the accident, Trevor said that his sister is aware of what happened to her but has not spoken about the wreck at this point.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington State Patrol investigators are trying to find out why a wrong-way driver slammed head-on into another car Sunday night, five miles west of Spokane on Interstate 90, in a crash that killed himself and hurt three other people.

State Patrol Spokesperson Trooper Troy Briggs said 73-year-old William Ainsworth, of Pe Ell, WA, got on the freeway going the wrong way in the westbound lane of I-90 with his lights off a little before 9 PM Sunday, when he slammed his 1994 Lincoln Town car into 19-year-old Jessica Sharpe of Liberty Lake, who was driving a 2000 Hyundai Elantra.

Ainsworth died at the scene while Sharpe was air-lifted to Harborview Medical Center. According to a Facebook page created by Sharpe's brother, Trevor, Jessica has multiple fractures and was in serious condition Monday night but has been responsive and alert.

A third car ended up rear-ending Jessica's car and sent a mom, Jackie Bordup, and her 9-year-old daughter to the hospital but they've since gone home.

Troopers are looking for any witnesses who might have seen anything along that stretch of I-90. As of Monday, Briggs said investigators were not sure where Ainsworth got on the freeway going the wrong way or why. They are looking into whether drugs or alcohol was a factor.

KHQ talked to the owner of a gas station at the Medical Lake exit who saw the accident on his way home. Tony Singh believes it's possible Ainsworth got turned around at the Medical Lake off ramp because he said people often confuse the off-ramp for Geiger Road, which parallels the freeway. From his gas station window, Singh said he sees people go the wrong way three times a month. Plus, he said, that intersection is very dark at night.

"This is really a scary way to get on the freeway because we see, quite often, instead of going across the bridge and Geiger, they go that way," Singh said, pointing to the wrong way sign at the off-ramp. "They should put some kind of light or something - a reflector - so people don't go."

There have been some reports that Ainsworth could have crossed the center median on the freeway, first going westbound then cutting across into the eastbound lane headed the wrong way, but Briggs said that scenario was unlikely.

KHQ requested the 911 tapes but from the night of the crash but are still awaiting word about those.

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