Fatal crash involved local driver


The Washington State Patrol reported a two-car fatal accident on highway 26 near Colfax Friday evening involving a local driver.

One person was killed and five injured in the accident 30 miles west of Colfax.

Diana Chun, 21, of Coulee Dam, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt west on SR 26 just before 5 p.m. when she fell asleep at the wheel, the WSP report indicates.

Chun’s car left the roadway to the right, she overcorrected to the left and struck an oncoming Toyota Prius in the eastbound lane.

A passenger in the 2002 Prius, Susie S. Koontz, 93, of Bellevue, was killed.

The driver of the Prius, Mary E. Koontz, 59, Seattle, and her two other passengers were injured. Passengers Judith A. Koontz, 63, Bellingham; and Cordelia E. Burris, 61, of Newcastle were airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, as was the driver.

Chun and her passenger, Erick J. Quezada Bastida were also injured and were taken to Whitman Community Hospital in Colfax.

The accident is still under investigation.

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