Sirens & Gavels

South Hill crash injures driver, 3 children

Firefighters work at the scene where a Dodge Stratus overturned, trapping the male driver and his three children, in the 3200 block of South Ray on Thursday, April 1, 2010, in Spokane. The driver was in critical condition Thursday, and the children were injured. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)
Firefighters work at the scene where a Dodge Stratus overturned, trapping the male driver and his three children, in the 3200 block of South Ray on Thursday, April 1, 2010, in Spokane. The driver was in critical condition Thursday, and the children were injured. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

A driver was in critical condition and his three children were injured Thursday after he lost control of his car, which vaulted into a telephone pole before coming to rest on its top near 32nd Avenue and Ray Street.

Spokane police and fire officials did not release the name of the 24-year-old man, who was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center and the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Joseph Maine, 22, and his 20-year-old brother, Danny Murinko, were working in their backyard when they heard the driver accelerate while driving a Dodge Stratus northbound on Ray.

 “Hearing those little kids screaming. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I almost wanted to cry," Maine said.

Read the rest of Thomas Clouse's story and see more photos here.




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