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One killed, five hurt in Highway 57 crash

Mon., Aug. 23, 2010

A Spokane woman was killed Saturday and several others were hospitalized in a collision near Priest River, Idaho.

Patricia J. StPiere, 46, pulled a 1986 Pontiac Firebird onto state Highway 57 from the Falls Inn Tavern about 5:37 p.m., into the path of a southbound 2006 Nissan Xterra driven by 32-year-old Hrishikesh S. Joshi, Idaho State Police said. The vehicles collided in the northbound lanes, troopers reported.

StPiere was pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers in her car, Nicole S. Mecklenburg, 20, of Spokane, and Patricia R. Abbs, 37, of Priest River, suffered unspecified injuries. Mecklenburg was taken to Newport Community Hospital; Abbs was taken to Bonner General Hospital, the ISP said. All reportedly were wearing seat belts.

Joshi and two passengers, 32-year-old Rupali S. Joshi and 10-month-old Arnav Joshi, all of Spokane, suffered unspecified injuries and were taken to Newport Community Hospital, troopers reported. The adults were wearing seat belts and the infant was securely restrained, the ISP said.

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