A Clarkston man was killed and three other people were injured in two related car accidents just north of Clarkston early Sunday morning.
According to the Washington State Patrol, Curtis Fleming, 24, was driving eastbound on Highway 193 west of Red Wolf Bridge at around 4:15 a.m. when he lost control of his 1998 Ford Mustang while passing another vehicle.
After the pass, Fleming’s car went onto the eastbound shoulder, causing him to overcorrect. He crossed both lanes of traffic and struck the embankment on the other side of the road. The car went airborne, landing in the westbound ditch and burst into flames. Fleming was pronounced dead at the scene.
A passenger, Thomas Warren, 23, of Mill Creek, was transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston where he was listed in serious condition.
Investigators say both men were wearing seat belts and drugs or alcohol were not factors in the crash – however speed was a factor.
Meanwhile, the 2nd accident involved the car that Fleming passed, a 1995 Honda Prelude driven by Coby Brown, 26, of Clarkston. Brown drifted slightly to the right after being passed, and overcorrected, crossing both lanes of traffic and went off the roadway to the left.
Brown and a passenger were both taken to St. Joe’s, where they were treated and released. Both were wearing seat belts.