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Police say racing led to deadly crash

From Staff And Wire Reports

One person died and three were injured Sunday in a fiery accident involving two vehicles racing just north of Clarkston.

The Washington State Patrol said Curtis D. Fleming, 24, died at the scene. A passenger in his 1998 Ford Mustang, Thomas G. Warren, 23, of Mill Creek, Wash., was injured.

He was in serious condition late Sunday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

Coby R. Brown, 26, and a passenger in his 1995 Honda Prelude, 26-year-old Melissa L. Maushak, were treated at the hospital and released. Both are Clarkston residents.

The State Patrol said Fleming and Brown were racing about 4:15 a.m. on Highway 193, just north of Clarkston, when they lost control of their vehicles. The eastbound cars crashed separately without coming into contact.

The Mustang burst into flames when it landed in the westbound ditch, according to the WSP.

Distracted by the crash, Brown also ran off the road and overcorrected.

Investigators said drugs or alcohol were not involved.

Charges were pending.

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