NEAR SPOKANE, Wash. – A wrong-way driver slammed head-on into another car Sunday night five miles west of Spokane on Interstate 90, killing himself and hurting three other people.
The Washington State Patrol said 73-year-old William Ainsworth from Pe Ell, WA got on the freeway going the wrong way in the westbound I-90 lanes with his lights off in his ’94 Lincoln Town Car.
Troopers said at 8:50 p.m. Ainsworth collided head-on with a 2000 Hyuandai Elantra driven by 19-year-old Jessica Sharpe of Liberty Lake, WA.
Ainsworth died at the scene after his car came to rest in the median.
Sharpe suffered serious injuries and was initially taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center by medical helicopter, then later flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
A third car, a 2011 Toyota Camary driven by 35-year-old Jackie Borup of Moses Lake, hit Sharp’s car shortly after the initial collision. Borup and her nine-year-old daughter were both injured in that crash and taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center. Their condition is unknown.
The Washington State Patrol shut down all the westbound lanes of I-90 for more than three hours to clear the scene. Eastbound lanes were down to one lane until 10:30 p.m. All lanes were open by 12:22 a.m. Monday.
Troopers are still investigating the crash.