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Spokane Teen Dies After Accident On Slick Road

Mon., Jan. 5, 1998

A Spokane teenager is dead after the truck he was riding in slid out of control and plowed into a tow truck that was winching a second pickup free from a ditch.

Michael J. Williams, 19, was flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center after the 10 a.m. accident Sunday. He died there at 12:37 p.m., the Washington State Patrol reported.

The crash happened 13 miles west of Spokane on Interstate 90. Williams and driver Nick M. Gonnella were in a 1990 Mazda pickup, heading west. Gonnella lost control on the slick surface, slid onto the shoulder and smashed into the tow truck.

The tow truck driver, Keith R. Gilbert of Medical Lake, was working the controls of his winch and was thrown 25 feet.

Williams died of a chest injury, WSP said. Gonnella, 19, suffered face and leg injuries and was taken to Sacred Heart. The tow truck driver suffered bruises. , DataTimes

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