Driver Identified In Fatal 395 Crash - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Deadly Crash On Hwy 395

KHQ.COM - The Spokane Investigative Regional Response team has completed its review of the statements given by officers involved in last week's pursuit on Highway 395. The deputies and trooper initially involved were Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Jennifer Wrotenbery, Deputy Mike Northway, and Washington State Patrol Trooper Terry VanWeerdhuizen. 
 
Deputies Wrotenbery and Northway were in separate patrol cars. They first spotted 50 year old Daniel Marinovich driving southbound on Hwy. 395 at Half Moon Rd. after getting information from dispatch about an erratic driver in a red Ford Taurus. 
 
They originally both activated their overhead lights and when Marinovich didn't respond to that, they activated their sirens. Dep. Wrotenbery used her P.A. and verbally told him to pull over, but Marinovich continued southbound.
 
Deputy Wrotenbery did try to get in position to perform a PIT maneuver but Marinovich was speeding up, slowing down and swerving so abruptly she didn't feel that the PIT maneuver was a safe option. Trooper VanWeerdhuizen advised he was able to deploy spikes strips at Hatch Rd. 
 
Marinovich moved to the left abruptly at the location of the spike strips, but his right front tire struck them and was flattened. Both deputies stated they thought he would slow down as his tires went flat. This would have allowed the deputies to use the PIT maneuver to end the pursuit safely.  Marinovich did not slow down but accelerated to speeds the deputies believed to be between 60 to 80 miles per hours making the Pit maneuver unsafe. Deputies continued to follow Marinovich as he continued southbound toward the Wandermere Bridge.
 
A mile after Marinovich hit the spike strips he struck a northbound semi truck hauling logs. Deputy Wrotenbery said it appeared Marinovich swerved into the path of semi truck. Both deputies estimated his speed at the time of the crash in between 60-80 mph, possibly faster. Marinovich was pronounced dead at the scene.
 
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SPOKANE, Wash. - The driver who was killed during a police pursuit after he hit a logging truck has been identified as 50-year-old Daniel Marinovich of Post Falls. Marinovich was killed Monday following a high speed pursuit with police. Spike strips were laid down to end the chase and shortly after Marinovich hit them, he crossed the center line of Highway 395 and collided head-on with a logging truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities released Marinovich's name Tuesday night after notifying next of kin.

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