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The photo above (provided by the Spokane Valley Fire Department) is of one of two cars involved in a serious injurty accident Tuesday afternoon on Trent near Progress Road. Trent was closed for some time. The Washington State Patrol reports that a car driven by William A. Buckholdt, 64, of Spokane Valley was facing east in the center turn lane on Trent before he turned in front of a westbound car driven by 17-year-old Joseph A. Johnson, also of Spokane Valley. Click here for more details.
When 67-year-old David Lavau drove away from home, he had his cell phone turned on, a decision that saved his life. After missing for six days, his children, relentless in their effort to find their missing father, followed information that a sheriff's detective provided: the records of the cell phone's location. That detail gave Lavau's children a general area to look, but it was a large and remote mountain area with canyons and ravines that could barely be seen from the road.
They persevered and found their dad within hours.
So, take that cell phone whenever you leave home; that doesn't mean "dialing" while driving is a good idea, but simply having it in the car, turned on, transforms the little modern convenience into a potential lifeline.
There has been a car accident in the area of 32nd and Glenn that is causing the Spokane Valley Police Department to shut down 32nd. The Spokane Valley Fire Department extrication team has been called. Details from the scanner are slim, but I'll keep my ears open.
2:10 p.m. update: KHQ is reporting that the pedestrian hit by a car at 32nd and Glenn has died. Officers called for a chaplain on the scanner a bit ago.