56-Year-Old Woman Killed in Two-Car Collision near Spokane

SPOKANE, WA (December 16, 2022) – Friday, Paula LeClaire was killed and Alexander LeClaire was hurt in a head-on accident on State Route 395.

Around 4:00 p.m., police received dispatch calls about 10 miles north of Spokane.

Per reports, Carson Penna was driving a 2011 Jeep Wrangler south on the highway, while Paula was driving a 1999 Subaru north.

For reasons unknown, Penna veered across the center line and into oncoming traffic, where he collided head-on with the Subaru.

Medical personnel arrived and pronounced 56-year-old Paula, of Colville dead at the scene. Meanwhile, paramedics transported her passenger, 26-year-old Alexander, of Colville to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Following preliminary duties, officers say impairment did not play a factor. However, police charged 17-year-old Penna, of Spokane with negligent driving. Investigators say he was wearing a seat belt and remained uninjured.

Officers also say Paula was wearing a seat belt; however, police are unsure as to whether Alexander was wearing a seat belt.

During this devastating time, the team at Sweet James would like to offer their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Paula J. LeClaire. May you find comfort and strength through the memories of your loved one.

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