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Daughter Of Wrong Way Driver: 'He Would Never Want To Hurt Anybody'

SPOKANE, Wash - The family of a man who caused a deadly wrong-way crash came to his defense Thursday night. William Ainsworth, 73, died when his car, traveling in the opposite direction of traffic on Interstate 90, slammed head-on into another car April 24, just west of Spokane. The crash injured three people, one seriously.
 
Our coverage of the story prompted this email:
 "I was just listening to the news about the wreck and Bill Ainsworth and I want to know why you don't talk to the family that is left grieving about their father and grandfather. Did you know that he did have medical problems? Maybe the public should also know that he was coming to Spokane to see his children and grandchildren for Easter."
 
Thursday, Ainsworth's daughter, Cecilia Wiltse set the record straight about the type of man he was.
"He was a loving person, fun to be around," Wiltse said. "If you had a bad day you could call him and he would bring you up." Wiltse said her dad was living out his golden years. At 73, she described him as silly, spry and at best with his family. Plus, she said, he was always looking out for others.
 "He'd give you the shirt off of his back." On the night of Easter Sunday, Wiltse said her dad was driving from him home in Pe Ell, Wash. toward her home in Spokane when somehow, some way, Ainsworth ended up driving on the wrong side of I-90, smashing head-on into Jessica Ssharpe's car. She went to the hospital. He died in the crash.

"My heart goes out to that family," Wiltse continued. "He would never want to hurt anybody at all."

Ainsworth's daughter is fighting back against rumors that her dad intentionally caused the crash. "All the people out there that are just assuming that he went out there and just deliberately do something on purpose is not right at all."

Wiltse and her family believe medical problems could have contributed to the collision.
"He was a diabetic so we don't know what happened that night. We don't know if he fell asleep, we don't know if he had a diabetic episode and for him to be going 70 miles an hour - that's not him."

Now, she's asking people to remember the real William Ainsworth.


"He was a good father, grandfather, and great-grandfather."

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