November 26, 2007 in City

Man hospitalized after driving off road

The Spokesman-Review
 

A 71-year-old Spokane Valley man was in critical condition Sunday after driving off the roadway and crashing into some trees.

Franklin D. Honorof was northbound on Dishman-Mica Road shortly before 10 a.m. when he apparently suffered a medical emergency and drove his 2000 Land Rover off the road, said Sgt. Dave Reagan, Spokane Valley police spokesman. The SUV hit a tree, then spun around and hit a second tree, Reagan said.

Although he was wearing his seat belt, Honorof ended up on the passenger side of the car, Reagan said.

Witnesses reported that Honorof hit the concrete barrier at a convenience store near Dishman-Mica and University roads shortly before the crash.

Honorof was taken to a Spokane hospital for treatment, where he remained in critical condition Sunday afternoon.

The accident remains under investigation, Reagan said.

– Sara Leaming

Port Townsend, Wash.

Passenger ferry begins service to Whidbey

Washington State Ferries began running a passenger-only ferry between Port Townsend and Whidbey Island on Sunday to help make up for the loss of car-ferry service that was halted because of concerns about the system’s oldest boats.

The first round-trip sailing of the day left Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula at 3:45 p.m., said ferry service spokeswoman Marta Coursey. The last run of the day was scheduled to leave Keystone on Whidbey Island at 9:15 p.m.

The 149-passenger Snohomish was scheduled to make 10 round trips Monday.

Car-ferry service on the Port Townsend-Keystone route was halted on Tuesday when the state’s four oldest vessels were pulled from service because of concerns about cracks and corrosion on their hulls.

The 80-year-old Steel Electric-class boats are the only ferries in the state’s fleet that are capable of navigating Keystone’s narrow, shallow harbor. They predominantly serve Port Townsend, Keystone and the San Juan Islands’ inter-island routes.

– Associated Press


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