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Crash with police cruiser leads to cash claim

A police cruiser crashed into a truck on the Sunset Bridge last week, part of a three-car crash that totaled at least one vehicle.

The crash closed the bridge and surrounding streets for hours last Friday night as investigators tried to determine what led the cruiser to cross the center line and hit a truck driven by an Idaho man head on.

A 1995 Subaru Legacy then hit the truck. No serious injuries were reported.

Officers Chris McMurtrey and Darrell Quarles were responding to a distress call from a sheriff’s deputy trying to catch a speeding driver when their car slid into eastbound traffic on the rain-soaked road, police said.

Both officers - police haven’t said who was driving - were treated and released for minor injuries at a hospital.

Neither of the other drivers went to the hospital that night, but Hallie Curnutt, whose Legacy hit the truck, spent most of the next day hospitalized for a concussion.


Curnutt, 22, filed a claim with the city of Spokane asking for her car and medical bills to be covered.

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The Spokane Falls Community College student picked up a rental car Tuesday that she said the city will pay for; city spokeswoman Marlene Feist said she couldn’t release further information on the crash.

Curnutt had met her office store coworkers at a restaurant near Airway Heights and was driving to her apartment in Browne’s Addition when the wreck occurred about 11:20 p.m.

She returned to the crash scene a couple hours to retrieve a calculator and school work from her car.

Investigators were still there taking measurements, she said. Her smashed Legacy now sits in the police evidence room with the totaled truck and police car.

“I’m not a sue-happy person,” Curnutt said. “I just want a car and my medical bills paid for.”

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