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EWU student dies in early morning crash

UPDATED: Tue., June 17, 2014, 11:30 a.m.

Two other men injured

Officials have confirmed one Eastern Washington University student has died and two other young men are recovering with injuries after a car crash early Tuesday morning in Cheney.

A news release from EWU identified the student who died as Adam O. Morales, a 21-year-old sophomore from Grandview, Wash., majoring in computer information systems.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash, said Cheney Police Commander Rick Campbell.

Campbell said the vehicle was traveling on K street around 1:45 a.m. when it approached the intersection of W. 6th Street. It left the roadway, struck a pine tree, and rolled over into Sutton Park.

Deputy Craig Chamberlain, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said the passengers were coming from a bar and police believe “speed and impairment were factors” in the crash.

This is the second fatal accident involving EWU students within the past four months. Early in the morning of Feb. 21, two students were killed on U.S. Highway 195 outside of Colfax when the Jetta they were riding in collided with a semitruck pulling two trailers. Two other students in the car survived, including the driver.

“It is unfortunate to lose anyone from our close community, but it is particularly tragic with someone so young. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Adam’s family and friends,” the news release from EWU said. The other two men in the car were friends of Morales’ but not EWU students, the release said. Their names have not been released.

Counseling services are available for students by calling (509) 359-2366 or by visiting the Counseling and Psychological Services Office in 225 Martin Hall, the release said.

This story is developing and will be updated with new information.

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