An apparent road rage crash resulted in the death of one person and left a driver in critical condition Friday evening.
Interstate 90 westbound was closed for several hours east of Spokane on Friday following the crash around 1 p.m. Investigators believe the two-vehicle crash occurred after Casey L. Walker, 40, tried to cut off another car and instead crashed, killing his passenger, 50-year-old Lynn K. Chapman, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney.
Walker’s Jeep struck the other car with its left rear quarter panel, rolled and knocked a chunk of concrete from the road barrier into the eastbound lanes of the interstate, which was struck by a third car. Chapman, who the WSP said was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the Jeep and pinned underneath. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Walker was also not wearing a seatbelt.
The driver of the other vehicle remained on scene. The interstate was reopened just after 6 p.m.
A vehicular homicide charge is possible for Walker, who was in surgery Friday night, Sevigney said. The WSP is looking for any witnesses who might have information about the crash. They are asked to contact WSP Detective Troy Corkins at (509) 227-6643 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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