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CdA man dies overnight in I-90 motorcycle crash

Mon., July 13, 2009, 10:51 a.m.

A Coeur d’Alene man was killed in a motorcycle accident along Interstate 90 near Liberty Lake that went undiscovered until an hour after daybreak today.

Thomas P. Spencer, 25, was found dead around 7 this morning near his wrecked 2006 Honda motorcycle.

Washington State Patrol troopers said the accident along the eastbound lanes occurred overnight and was discovered about 6:50 a.m. when a semi driver spotted wreckage off the road in a field near the Appleway on-ramp, just west of Liberty Lake. A trooper sent to the scene discovered the body, according to a patrol dispatcher.

Investigators said that Spencer was headed east on the freeway and failed to negotiate a turn to the left. His motorcycle left the roadway and struck a wire fence, power box and post. The driver was thrown from the vehicle; the motorcycle came to rest in a field.

Spencer was wearing a helmet.

In another accident just before 9 a.m., troopers were investigating a two-vehicle collision in the eastbound lanes of I-90 at the Barker Road interchange, in which one of the vehicles went over a divider into the westbound median. Traffic was slowed through the area, although lanes were not blocked.

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