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Man killed in motorcycle accident


A Maryland man was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident Sunday three miles west of Grand Coulee on SR-174.

Newton C. Pereira, 57, of Brookeville, Md., was dead at the scene, after striking a 2003 Chevrolet Venture van.

Three of the occupants of the van had unknown injuries and were taken to Coulee Medical Center for observation and treatment.

Injured were the driver of the van, James Rikeo, 38, from Spokane, and two passengers, Samuel Longmour, 57, of Enid, Oklahoma, and Nish H. Livai, 18, Spokane.

Grand Coulee police officer Sean Cook was the first law enforcement officer on the scene. He advised the Washington State Patrol of the fatality and injuries and the WSP conducted the investigation.

The deceased was riding eastbound, while Rikeo in the van was westbound when the accident occurred. The WSP report stated that the motorcycle crossed the centerline and struck the van.

The van ended up across the center line and the motorcycle was impacted against the front of the van.

Cook’s report stated that the three injured persons were sitting along the roadway being treated by ambulance personnel who were on the scene along with a Bureau of Reclamation fire vehicle.

The accident occurred about 200 meters west of Switchyard Road.

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