June U.S. 195 wreck could lead to vehicular assault charges

June U.S. 195 wreck could lead to vehicular assault charges

June U.S. 195 wreck could lead to vehicular assault charges

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 4 at 2:02 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.-- Authorities decided Wednesday to investigate a head-on crash along U.S.  195 as a possible vehicular assault following statements made by witnesses.

The June 18th crash near Qualchan Drive sent two people to the hospital.

WATCH: Previous coverage of the head-on wreck

Washington State Patrol troopers filed court records Wednesday, Sept. 4th.  The records stated that probable cause did not exist in June to suspect that one of the drivers was impaired at the time of the wreck. However, probably caused developed after investigators interviewed witnesses according to WSP. They added that historical information about one of the drivers, Jennifer Schmidt, also indicated that she was possibly impaired

In June, authorities said Schmidt was driving the wrong way in the southbound lane of U.S. 195 hit an oncoming car head-on at 8:00 a.m. The 30-year-old woman was taken to the hospital by medics. Troopers said she hit another driver, 32-year-old Sean Moss.


Authorities had been receiving calls throughout the morning about a car driving the wrong way in the southbound lane. Drivers in the northbound lane had been flashing their lights and honking their horns to warn oncoming drivers of the vehicle driving the wrong way in the southbound lane according to authorities.

The recently filed court documents cited witnesses who saw Schmidt driving the wrong way. One witness stated that Schmidt did not react to oncoming traffic. 

Schmidt’s father told WSP investigators that his daughter had been abusing hard alcohol. Court documents detailed that Schmidt was scheduled to go into voluntary treatment of alcohol abuse.

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