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Authorities warn to drive safe this holiday weekend after two car fatalities in two days

Spokane Police Department and Washington State Patrol investigate serious crashes between Friday night and Saturday morning.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Editor's Note: The above video is a story KREM reported on June 26th, 2020 about a North Idaho man who died from a helicopter crash in Rathdrum.

Spokane Police Officers are investigating a vehicle vs building crash in the 2900 block of North Division Street Friday night. Witnesses on-scene described the suspect vehicle going southbound on Division Street at a high rate of speed, according to a press release.

Police said the suspect vehicle struck the center median which caused the vehicle to lose control. The suspect vehicle went through a section of bushes before crashing into a building.

There were 4 people total in the vehicle. According to investigators, one person ran away from the scene. The two juvenile passengers were transported to a local hospital for their injuries. SPD said one of the juvenile’s may lose his eye due to the crash.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 21-year-old Joshua Stricklin. Stricklin was determined to be under the influence and arrested for vehicular assault.

This crash is still under investigation.

Man dies after striking a deer on Highway 2 Friday night

Washington State Patrol identified 56-year-old Eugene R. Meyers who died on the scene after striking a deer on Highway 2 near Spokane last night around 9:00 p.m.

WSP said a deer entered the roadway in the northbound lane. Meyers struck the deer and veered to the left of the roadway onto the southbound shoulder. Meyers was ejected from his motorcycle and landed in a ditch. 

According to investigators, Meyers was not wearing a helmet and no drugs or alcohol were involved.

Woman dies in rollover crash in Spokane Valley 

Washington State Patrol identified 21-year-old Jasmyne M. Travis as the woman who died in a single vehicle crash on Saturday morning.

Travis was going westbound on Sprague Avenue entering the ramp on Highway I-90 when WSP said Travis failed to negotiate the curve on the ramp and rolled off the overpass.

Investigators say drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. WSP said she wasn’t wearing a seat belt which was likely a factor in her being ejected approximately 30 yards from the car, where she died on the scene.

As we enter into the 4th of July weekend the Spokane Police Department wants to remind everyone to be safe and drink responsibly. If you smoke marijuana, the Spokane Police Department wants you to use responsibly as well.

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