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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Woman killed in single-vehicle crash near Long Lake identified

From staff reports
A woman is dead following a single-vehicle collision with a tree southwest of Long Lake on Thursday night, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies received a call of the collision shortly after 8 p.m. Jolene Picard, 27, was heading northwest on West Long Lake Road near West South Bank Road, drove off the south shoulder, overcorrected and went off the north shoulder. Her SUV went airborne and struck a large pine tree, crushing the top of the vehicle to within feet of the floorboard, Deputy Craig Chamberlin said. Medics declared her dead at the scene. Speed was a factor in the crash and authorities suspect alcohol was involved. The Medical Examiner’s Office said Picard died of blunt injuries to her head, chest and abdomen. According to the Spokesman-Review archives, Picard was a 2004 graduate of the Medicine Wheel Academy and a member of the Colville Tribe.