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Fatal Alcohol-Related Car Crash On Cheney-Spangle Road

SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE:

CHENEY, Wash. - Once again an alcohol related crash has claimed another young person's life.  This morning around 2:22 am, sheriff's deputies responded to Cheney-Spangle Rd just south of Curtis Rd (approx. 1 mile southeast of Cheney city limits) on a report of a single vehicle rollover crash. Upon their arrival, deputies found two 24-year-old white males stuck in the front passenger compartment of a 2005 Subaru Outback station wagon they were traveling in. 

The Subaru came to rest on its passenger side.  Evidence discovered at the scene pointed towards the Subaru traveling at a high rate of speed and going airborne after leaving the roadway and going in and back out of a ditch.  In fact, a couple of pine trees located on a small hillside next to the ditch had branches broken off around 15 feet high off the ground by the vehicle.

Traffic investigators were called to the scene due to one of the occupants being pronounced dead at the scene.  The other male occupant was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The occupant transported to the hospital admitted to investigators that he and his friend had been drinking earlier.  A blood sample was taken from this occupant at the hospital for analysis by the Washington State Toxicology Laboratory.

Given the dynamics of the crash and both occupants being found unbelted inside the vehicle, investigators are still determining just exactly which occupant was actually driving the Subaru.  A search warrant on the vehicle will be executed next week in attempt to gain further evidence to determine who the driver was at the time of the crash.

An autopsy will be completed on the deceased occupant early next week.  Investigators have not been able to make next of kin notification at this time.  Therefore, neither occupant's names are being released at this time.  The investigation into the collision continues.

 

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