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Veradale man killed in crash near Freeman

Wed., April 1, 2009, 7:53 a.m.

The driver killed in a two-car collision Tuesday night near Freeman was identified this morning as a man from Veradale, state troopers said.

Five occupants of the second vehicle were taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment.

The crash occurred at milepost 74 along state Highway 27 and was reported about 8 p.m., according to the Washington State Patrol. The wreck blocked the road for several hours.

Killed was Bryce T. Skinner, 36, who was headed north on the highway in a passeger car when he crossed the center line and collided in the southbound lane with a van headed south. Skinner was wearing a seat belt.

Injured in the southbound vehicle were driver Cynthia Ladeaux, 52; Michael D. Ladeaux, 59; Toni D. Ladeaux, 33; Sophia Ladeaux, 8; and Lily A. Ladeaux, 5, all of Plummer.

Their injuries were not life threatening, troopers said.

Toni Ladeaux was reported today in serious condition and Lily Ladeaux was in satisfactory condition, a medical center spokesman said.

Trooper Mark Baker said drug or alcohol impairment initially had been ruled out, but an autopsy will be done. The investigation could take up to two months to complete, he said.

One of the children in the van was not wearing a restraint, troopers said.



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