(By Jamie Henneman/Chewelah Independent)
City police officer attempted to pass before striking vehicle…
The City of Kettle Falls is being sued by the family of a man who was killed when a Kettle Falls Police officer attempted to pass a line of backed up traffic on HWY 395 and ran into the man’s pickup.
On Sept. 24, 2015, a Kettle Falls Police Officer attempted to pass a line of traffic that was backed up behind a tow truck by driving in a no-passing zone. The car then hit the pickup of Thomas Preston, who was attempting to turn left off of HWY 395 north of Chewelah near Duncan Road. The collision pushed Preston’s vehicle off the road and into a field. Preston sustained serious injuries and was flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center where he died, according to Spokane County Superior Court records.
Along with suing the City of Kettle Falls, Preston’s family also names Chewelah Towing as a defendant in the case, siting that their slow moving, overloaded tow vehicle created the traffic conditions that contributed to the accident.