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Woman Killed In East Sprague Crash Driver Faces Vehicular Homicide And Felony Hit-And-Run Charges

FOR THE RECORD (October 14, 1997): Name misspelled: The Liberty Lake woman killed in a two-car collision in the Spokane Valley Thursday was Bernice M. Derr. Her last name was misspelled in Friday’s edition of the Spokesman-Review.

An Idaho man involved in a fatal two-car collision Thursday in the Spokane Valley is facing vehicular homicide and felony hit-and-run charges, the Washington State Patrol said.

The black BMW driven by Joshua Quarders, 22, of Nampa was westbound on East Sprague when it collided with a Chevrolet Caprice that had entered the arterial from a side street, troopers said.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Liberty Lake resident Bernice M. Darr, 76, died at the scene.

Quarders ran from the wreck, but was caught about a half-mile away.

Concerned passers-by on foot and in a car tracked him until police could make the arrest. He was then taken to a hospital.

Witnesses said Quarders got out of his heavily damaged car and asked them to help his passenger, James P. Travis, 30, of Spokane. Then Quarders disappeared.

The crash occurred just east of McDonald Road in front of Medco Ambulance Inc. A paramedic and an EMT from Medco helped the injured man in the BMW, but could not transport him to a hospital because Medco is not yet licensed for trauma cases.

Troopers said Quarders was speeding at the time of the accident, apparently racing another vehicle. The driver also may have been drinking, the WSP said.

A motorist, who asked not to be identified, said she noticed the BMW driving erratically moments before the accident.

“He passed me and almost hit me,” the woman said.

Travis suffered facial cuts, but was expected to be released from Deaconess Medical Center late Thursday.

, DataTimes

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