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50-year-old Gary Cooper dead after a crash in Spokane Valley; 92-year-old James Hammond charged (Spokane Valley, WA)

Authorities identified 50-year-old Gary Cooper as the man who lost his life following a three-vehicle wreck on Wednesday in Spokane Valley.

The fatal motorcycle crash took place at about 5 p.m. on Trent Avenue and N. McDonald Road. According to the investigation reports, 92-year-old James Hammond was making a left turn on Trent Avenue while the motorcyclist, 50-year-old Gary Cooper, approached from the opposite direction.

For unknown reasons, Cooper’s motorcycle struck Hammond’s Honda Accord. The man was ejected from the motorcycle due to the impact. After that, Hammond’s car collided with a third vehicle. Cooper succumbed to his injuries at the scene and his family was notified.

Officials also noted that Cooper was not wearing a Department of Transportation compliant helmet at the time of the collision. Hammond is being charged with failure to yield. No additional information has been provided.

The crash remains under review.

June 17, 2022

Source: KHQ Right Now

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