One dead in accident north of Chewelah

A Montana man died Tuesday when the car he was driving went off the road north of Chewelah and hit a tree just before midnight.

Jacob A. Stachofsky, 37, of Three Forks, Mont., was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chewelah.

A passenger in the car, David M. McGilvra, 19, of Northport, was airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, where he was treated and released.

Stachofsky was driving a 1994 Honda Civic south on Cozy Nook Road about a mile north of Chewelah about five minutes before midnight. The car sped straight through a curve, hit a tree, and came to rest on its top, the Washington State Patrol reported. Both men were wearing seat belts.

The WSP believes alcohol or drugs were involved.

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