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Omak woman dies in crash

By From Staff Reports The Spokesman-Review

A two-car crash on Interstate 90 near Ritzville killed a 67-year-old Omak woman Wednesday.

Elizabeth M. Dearden was westbound in her 1992 Chrysler New Yorker near milepost 230 about nine miles east of Ritzville when she pulled to the left shoulder near a turnout to attempt a U-turn, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Dearden backed into the right westbound lane when attempting the turn and was broadsided by a 1997 Dodge van driven by John W. Bradford, 68, of Missoula, according to WSP.

Neither Bradford nor passenger Mark T. Bradford, 31, also of Missoula, was injured, but another passenger, 16-year-old Bethany A. Littlegeorge, of Coulee City, was taken by ambulance to the East Adams Rural Hospital in Ritzville, where she was listed in stable condition Wednesday night. Dearden was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash occurred about 4:15 p.m.

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