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Victims in double fatal accident identified

The man and woman killed in a traffic accident at East Broadway Avenue and North Locust Road in Spokane Valley on Valentine’s Day have been identified as Justin J. Stevens, 35, and Alisha K. Germany, 29.

The two were heading west on Broadway at high speed when their car left the road and hit a small tree and a telephone pole before hitting a large tree head-on. Neither was wearing a seat belt and alcohol was believed to be involved, according to a police news release. The two were declared dead at the scene.

Stevens was a level 3 registered sex offender with a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for first-degree rape, failure to register as a sex offender, obstructing an officer, first-degree criminal trespass and possession of a controlled substance. He was required to register as a sex offender after being convicted of raping a 78-year-old woman at knifepoint in 1995.

Germany had convictions for fourth-degree domestic violence assault and failure to cooperate with police.

Two dead in Spokane Valley accident

A man and a woman killed in a traffic accident last night at Broadway and Locust in Spokane Valley have not yet been identified. Police believe speed and alcohol were involved in the crash, which sent a red Corvette head on into a large tree. Witnesses reportedly told police the car was going about 60 or 70 miles per hour in the 35 mph zone. Click here for more details.

Edit: Student Fatalities Provide Lesson

The Idaho Argonaut Editorial Board says there's a lesson to be learned in the tragic accident that killed two students and sent four others to the Gritman Medical Center Saturday morning: “Under no circumstances is driving drunk a choice any person should make. Although it’s a message most of us have heard since kindergarten, we tend to belittle its importance. As college students we have the mentality that we are forever young and indestructible, and something as horrible as dying in a drunk driving accident could never happen. It’s unfortunate that it takes the death of one or two of our peers for the reality of drunk driving sink in. College culture exposes students to new freedoms, including the freedom to drink alcohol. But with this newfound freedom comes responsibility — responsibility to make decisions protecting your own safety and the safety of people around you”/UIdaho Argonaut Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Have you lost a family member or a friend as a result of a drunken driving accident?

Fernan Lake Crash Victim Released

The toddler who was trapped underwater when her family's SUV rolled into Fernan Lake last month is now walking and talking again.14-month-old River Deshazer has been released from Sacred Heart Medical Center. But for Blaine Porter, the firefighter whose quick thinking saved the little girl's life, the whole situation is bittersweet because River's brother didn't make it/Anusha Roy, KXLY. More here.

Question: Isn't it nice to start Friday morning with some good news?

Account Starts For Fam Who Lost Boy

Fresh Shart Director Howard Martinson is raising funds for the homeless Deshazer family, which lost a 5YO son and has a second child, a 1YO daughter, in critical condition after a crash into Fernan Lake Sunday afternoon. Evan Deshazer, 5, died, and his sister, River Deshazer, 1, remains in critical condition at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. Sarah Deshazer, 25, and her husband, Michael, 28, were able to escape the vehicle. “The Deshazers were a homeless family and have been Fresh Start clients for a while now,” said Howard Martinson (pictured), director of the homeless drop-in center on East Sherman Avenue, in a news release. “There’s a huge hole in our collective hearts. We are so sorry for their loss.” Martinson said an account has been opened at Idaho Independent Bank to benefit the family/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

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