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Four injured and one charged in crash


Four young adults were injured Monday night in a high-speed crash a mile north of Nespelem, including the driver, who now faces charges.

The Washington State Patrol reports that Curry A. J. Pinkham, 20, of Nespelem, was driving a purple 2007 Honda Ridgeline pickup south on SR-155 about 9:30 at a high rate of speed when the pickup left the roadway to the right and hit gravel when he lost control.

The vehicle went into a field over an embankment, rolled once and landed on its wheels.

Three passengers, all of Nespelem, were injured in the crash, including Lucinda D. Stensgar, 20, who was airlifted out to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

Ryan J. Moon, 17, and Eren N. Moon, 19, were taken to Coulee Medical Center, as was Pinkham, the WSP reported.

The patrol report, issued at 9:18 a.m. Tuesday, indicates that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash and that Pinkham has been charged with driving under the influence of intoxicating substances and with vehicular assault.

Sacred Heart listed Stensgar in satisfactory condition Tuesday.

Coulee Medical Center said the other three injured had all been transferred on to tertiary care hospitals.


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