January 27, 2010 in City

Fatality still under investigation

By The Spokesman-Review

The prosecuting attorney in Garfield County said he is still awaiting final investigative results before deciding on charges in the traffic death of a Washington State University graduate last spring.

Tanya Gusev, 22, of Mukilteo, Wash., died May 20 in a crash that Washington State Patrol troopers said appeared to be alcohol-related. She had just finished her degree in communications.

The driver, James P. Monsey, 24, of Liberty Lake, may be charged with vehicular homicide.

Prosecuting Attorney Matt Newberg said that a backlog in processing evidence at the state crime lab slowed the investigation and has held up his decision on whether to file charges. He expects to reach a decision in a few weeks, he said.

A sample of Monsey’s blood was taken for testing to determine the alcohol level, and Newberg declined to release results.

Monsey and passenger Allison L. Beach, of Woodinville, Wash., were injured in the one-vehicle rollover near a popular gathering spot along the south side of the Snake River near Ilia Landing.

None of the three occupants was wearing a seat belt. WSP has been handling the investigation.

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