Two Dead In Car Accident Near Cheney - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Two Dead In Car Accident Near Cheney

Spokane County Sheriff's Department Press Release:

SPOKANE COUNTY - The 2011 Christmas holiday weekend has tragically started with a double fatality collision.  Earlier this morning around 6:30 am, sheriff's patrol and traffic deputies responded to Salnave Rd just east of Granite Lake Rd (approx. 2.5 miles west of Cheney) on the report of a single vehicle rollover collision.  A person driving by heading to work in Cheney first discovered the crash.  Spokane County Fire District #3 firefighters arrived on scene within 10 minutes and reported both occupants in the vehicle were deceased.

The initial investigation and scene evidence show that the 2004 Ford F-150 involved in the collision was traveling at a high rate of speed (90+ mph) westbound on Salnave Rd.  The posted speed limit for the road is 45 mph.  It is unknown exactly why the Ford pickup lost control in a straightaway section of the roadway, but the vehicle left the roadway, rolled at least four times, and finally came to rest around 344 feet out in a wheat field. 

The two adult male occupants were found still seatbelted in the front seat of the truck.  The driver was a 28-year-old Cheney resident and the passenger was a 30-year-old Spokane resident.  A Spokane Sheriff's Chaplain is currently still working on making family notifications.  The names of the occupants will likely be released after autopsies are done next week Tuesday.

The investigation into the crash continues.  It is unknown whether or not drugs or alcohol played a factor into the collision.  Traffic investigators will have to wait about a month to receive the toxicology results back from the state toxicology laboratory in Seattle once they are received from the Spokane County Medical Examiner's office.  However, this is a grim reminder that speeding is major leading factor in motor vehicle fatalities.

 

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