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Medical Lake man critically injured in early morning crash

A Medical Lake man is in critical condition after a collision with a semi truck early this morning on Interstate 90 about 20 miles west of Ritzville.

David James Palmieri, 22, was eastbound on I-90 in the westbound lanes, according to a Washington State Patrol news release. Michael S. Valentine, 32, of Post Falls, was westbound on I-90 in a semi when Palmieri drove his Nissan Altima onto the shoulder, lost control and struck Valentine.

It is unknown whether Palmieri was wearing a seatbelt. Valentine was uninjured in the 3:53 a.m. crash.

Authorities say drugs or alcohol were involved. WSP is investigating the crash.

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