News outlets reported that a car crash killed a 20-year-old Spokane Community College student on Interstate 90 near Ritzville Monday morning.
According to Washington State Patrol troopers, the accident happened just before 6am as the 20-year-old woman was traveling eastbound on Interstate 90, approximately 17 miles east of Ritzville. The woman and her 21-year-old male passenger were apparently driving from Yakima to Spokane, where the woman attended college, when for unknown reasons the woman veered off the roadway. The vehicle then rolled roughly 150 feet down an embankment before coming to rest. Upon reaching the bottom of the embankment, the vehicle ignited in flames. The male passenger was able to escape the vehicle, however he was unable to extricate the female driver.
Emergency crews pronounced the woman dead at the scene of the accident. The passenger was transported to East Adams Rural Hospital in Ritzville for the treatment of injuries, including several broken bones, which he had sustained in the crash.
Troopers were forced to close one lane of I-90 to facilitate a cleanup effort and their investigation. Authorities are continuing their investigation and have yet to state whether they believe drugs or alcohol played contributing roles in the accident.
As an Olympia car accident attorney, I’m deeply saddened to learn of this tragic accident. In my time as a car accident lawyer, I’ve seen the devastating effects that accidents similar to this have had on those left behind. My sincerest condolences go out to the friends and family of this woman as they mourn their loss.