October 7, 2013 in City

In brief: Two teenagers die in Valley car crash

 

Hundreds attended a Sunday night vigil for two University High School students killed in a weekend car crash in Spokane Valley.

The sophomore girls, ages 15 and 16, were riding in a car driven by a third student, a 16-year-old boy, who was hospitalized in critical condition.

U-High students organized the vigil on the school’s athletic field. School counselors, administrators and the Central Valley School District support team prepared to help grieving students today.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and the school district did not release the names of the students in Saturday night’s accident on South Bates Road near East Ponderosa Drive.

The driver lost control, hit a curb and struck a tree on the passenger side at about 9 p.m., sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin said. Speed appeared to be a factor in the crash, Chamberlin said. All three teens were wearing seat belts.

Idaho parents sue after sports injury

SANDPOINT – The family of a North Idaho teenager who suffered a traumatic brain injury during a football game is suing the school district and the maker of his football helmet.  

Robert Clark II and Julie Clark filed the lawsuit in September on behalf of Robert “Bobby” Norman Clark III, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported. 

The lawsuit names the West Bonner County School District and helmet maker Riddell Inc., and seeks in excess of $10,000 in damages for medical costs, lost earning ability and mental suffering.  

The lawsuit contends Bobby Clark suffered permanent and irreversible disability Sept. 30, 2011, while playing as an offensive and defensive lineman for the Priest River Lamanna High School Spartans in a game.  

The lawsuit said Bobby Clark was briefly removed from the game but then put back in by coaches. He returned to the sidelines after two plays and collapsed.  

He was flown to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, where he underwent emergency surgery. The lawsuit says he was placed on life support.

Fatally stabbed solder identified

SEATTLE – A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier who was fatally stabbed during an altercation in Lakewood on Saturday has been identified.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office said an autopsy is planned today for 20-year-old Tevin Geike.

The Army said Sunday that Spc. Geike, of Summerville, S.C., was an aviation operations specialist and a member of the 7th Infantry Division. He entered the Army in October 2010 and arrived at JBLM in April 2011.

Investigators were examining whether the attack was a racially motivated hate crime.

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