Elderly woman causes wrong way, head-on wreck on HWY 195

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 6:33 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 19 at 10:04 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A wrong-way crash sent two people to the hospital late Thursday in Spokane.

It happened just before 7 p.m. on Highway 195 near 16th.  That is about a mile south of Interstate 90.

Washington State Patrol said a 91-year-old woman, who was reported missing by her family shortly before the wreck, was driving northbound in the southbound lane.  She hit a woman in a Honda CRV head-on.

Both women survived the crash but were taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center in stable condition.

Troopers said others can learn from this crash stating if there is an older driver in the family, it may be important to evaluate their driving skills.

“A lot of time you know, it's our responsibility to care for our folks that are getting up there in age.  Maybe it's time to take the keys when they're not safe to drive anymore.  It’s a hard decision to make but ultimately public safety can outweigh,” said Sgt. Scott Lasher.

Lasher said it is important to only use the left lane when passing another vehicle.  He added most wrong way driving collisions happen in the left hand lane because the driver going the wrong way thinks it’s a two-lane highway.

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