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Monday, January 27, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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No charges for deputies in crash that killed diabetic man

Prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges against law enforcement involved in a fatal crash with a diabetic man in June.

Daniel Marinovich, 50, died after his red Ford Taurus ran over spike strips on Highway 395 but continued for about a mile on a flat tire before crossing into oncoming traffic and hitting a semi-truck in the Wandermere area.

Deputies Jennifer Wrotenbery and Mike Northway were pursuing Marinovich after hearing reports of an erratic driver.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Terry VanWeerdhuizen deployed the spike strips on Highway 395 near Hatch Road.

Investigators believe Marinovich was traveling between 60 and 80 mph as he abruptly swerved, slowed and accelerated during the pursuit.

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office said the response from law enforcement was appropriate.

“There is no basis for any charges to be filed against any law enforcement officers involved in the pursuit,” according to a report.

Friends say Marinovich was a severe diabetic who was prone to erratic behavior.

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