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Accident leads to vehicular assault charges

A 28-year-old Newport woman faces vehicular assault charges for causing a three-car crash near Day-Mt. Spokane Road on Friday night, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Jennifer C. Ellington was southbound on Newport Highway in a 2007 Chevrolet just north of Day-Mt. Spokane about 6:30 p.m. when she rear-ended a 1998 Mercedes ML320 driven by Albert R. Westover, 41, of Newport, that was stopped at a traffic light, WSP said. The force of the impact pushed Westover’s car into the rear of a 1991 Honda Civic driven by Jamie Cutshall, 18, of Usk, which also was stopped at the light.

Ellington and her passengers, a 15-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy, were injured in the crash, as was Westover. Ellington was treated at the scene. The others were transported to Providence Holy Family Hospital. Cutshall and her passenger, a 15-year-old girl, were not injured. All three cars were totaled, WSP reported.

Troopers said in a news release that drugs or alcohol may have been involved in the crash.

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James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.