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Teenage driver suspected of negligent driving after Colville woman killed in head-on crash on U.S. 395

Dec. 3, 2022 Updated Sat., Dec. 3, 2022 at 8:27 p.m.

Troopers are shown at the scene of a fatal crash on Friday north of Spokane.  (Washington State Patrol)
Troopers are shown at the scene of a fatal crash on Friday north of Spokane. (Washington State Patrol)

A 56-year-old Colville woman died in a head-on collision Friday afternoon on U.S. Highway 395, 10 miles north of Spokane.

Paula J. Leclaire died at the scene, while her passenger, 26-year-old Colville man Alexander G. Leclaire, was injured and taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center , according to the Washington State Patrol.

WSP said Carson D. Penna, 17, of Spokane, was driving a 2011 Jeep Wrangler south on the highway shortly before 4 p.m. and Paula Leclaire was driving a 1999 Subaru north. The teen drifted across the center line and collided with the Leclaires, troopers said.

Penna was wearing a seat belt and was uninjured, WSP said. Troopers are recommending he be charged with negligent driving. No drugs or alcohol were involved.

Paula Leclaire was wearing a seat belt, but troopers were unsure whether Alexander Leclaire wore a seat belt at the time of the crash, troopers said.

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