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Car crash kills driver on slushy U.S. 395


A Deer Park woman died of injuries in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 395 about 10 miles north of Spokane on Tuesday.

Laura E. Koppe, 20, was driving a Pontiac south when she lost control of her car on the slush-covered road about 1:45 p.m., according to the Washington State Patrol.

Koppe’s car crossed the centerline and was struck by a Toyota driven by Richard G. Smith, 80, of Addy, Wash.

Smith and his passengers, Lorene Smith, 75, and Emma Hall, 5, were taken by ambulance to Providence Holy Family Hospital. The Smiths were in stable condition. Hall’s condition was not available Tuesday.

Koppe was transported by helicopter to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, where she died.

Kevin Graman

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