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Speeding driver killed in Wellsley Ave. crash

A Newman Lake man was killed today when he tried to pass two other vehicles at a high rate of speed on East Wellesley Avenue at Murray Road.

The man, who was not initially identified, was headed west on Wellesley at 10:50 a.m. when he attempted to pass a 1998 Ford Taurus driven by Amanda Hammond, of Post Falls, while Hammond was attempting to turn left onto Murray Road.

The passing driver in a Jeep collided with Hammond’s vehicle, causing the Jeep to slide off the road and roll at least twice. A power pole was sheared off. The driver who died was ejected. He was flown to a downtown hospital where he died.

Hammond suffered bumps and bruises.

The Jeep was going at least 60 mph in a 35 mph zone, and the driver was likely not wearing a seat belt, Spokane sheriff’s deputies said.

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