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In brief: Woman dies from crash injuries

FRIDAY, DEC. 31, 2010

A Rosalia, Wash., woman has died from injuries suffered in a traffic accident on icy Highway 195 near Spangle on Wednesday.

Rebecca D. Coon, 32, was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and died there after the 3 p.m. accident four miles south of Spangle at Davis Road.

She was headed south in her 2003 Kia Sedona when she collided with a 2008 Chevrolet pickup driven by Ryan D. Nauer, 33, of Orting, Wash. He was not injured.

Coon crossed over into the northbound lane and collided with the pickup, according to Washington State Patrol troopers, who said Coon was going too fast for the icy conditions.

A passenger in the pickup, Jason A. Olson, of Spokane, was injured and taken to Sacred Heart, where he was treated and released, according to a nursing supervisor.

Two injured in one-car rollover

Two people were injured in a one-car rollover accident about 6:10 p.m. Thursday after the driver tried to pass a slower vehicle on Highway 395 near Loon Lake.

John L. Cavan, 38, of Spokane Valley, was airlifted to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, according to a Washington State Patrol news release. His condition was not available Thursday night.

He was southbound in a Toyota pickup when he tried to pass the slower vehicle, went off the road to the left and rolled the pickup, WSP reported.

One of his passengers, Courtney G. Arbuckle, 31, of Spokane, also was injured and was taken to Providence Holy Family Hospital. The third passenger, Bill L. Cavan, 67, was not injured.

All three were wearing seat belts and neither drugs nor alcohol was a factor in the accident, WSP reported. The road was completely blocked for a couple hours while crews cleared the scene.

Roads to close for First Night

Several roads will close today for First Night Spokane activities.

Howard Street will be closed between Main Avenue and Spokane Falls Boulevard at 7 a.m.

At 3 p.m. Spokane Falls Boulevard will close between Stevens Street and Post Street. North/south traffic on the Stevens/Washington corridor will remain open.

Wall Street also will be closed between Main Avenue and Spokane Falls Boulevard.

A children’s parade will briefly interrupt traffic on Spokane Falls Boulevard about 6:15 p.m. The parade goes from the Spokane Convention Center to Riverfront Park.

The streets will reopen early Saturday.


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