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April 16, 2014- Crashes

From Washington State Patrol reports

Vehicle hits tree

DISAUTEL — An Omak man was taken to Mid-Valley Hospital on Thursday after his car went off state Highway 155 and hit a tree a mile north of Disautel Pass.

Charles William Edwards, 59, was taken to the hospital as a precaution, the Washington State Patrol said. His crash was attributed to a medical problem; he was not injured in the crash.

Edwards was southbound at 9:17 p.m. when his car went off the road to the right and hit the tree. It came to rest 30 feet off the highway.

No drugs or alcohol were involved, the patrol reported. Edwards was wearing a seatbelt, but his car was damaged.

No charges are anticipated, the patrol said.

Pedestrian struck

REPUBLIC — A local man was injured Friday when he was struck by a vehicle on state Highway 20 three miles east of town.

Brandon J. Smith, 30, ran from north to south across the highway and into the path of a car driven by Penelope R. Ripple, 55, Republic. The Washington State Patrol said Smith was intoxicated and intentionally ran across the road at 7:40 p.m.

Smith was taken to Ferry County Memorial Hospital in Republic and then airlifted to the Tri-Cities.

Drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, the patrol said.

Ripple’s car was damaged, but driven from the scene. The crash is under investigation.

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