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One dead, one critical in Stateline crash

OTIS ORCHARDS, Wash. - One man was killed and another is in critical condition following a crash near the Washington-Idaho border.

The crash happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday at Wellesley Avenue and Irrigon Street.

Spokane County Sheriff's deputies said three men in their 20s were riding in a white Dodge truck. The driver of the truck lost control and over-corrected, hit a tree and a power pole, and rolled multiple times before coming to a stop.

All three of the men were ejected from the truck.

When a witness ran up to the scene and called 911, one of the men, later identified as 20-year-old Michael Steinbach, was standing next to the truck. He was taken by ambulance to a Spokane hospital. Police found the other two men, 24-year-old Derrick Wilcox and 18-year0old Taylor Stacy, in the field about 55 feet away from the truck.

Stacy was pronounced dead at the scene while Wilcox was flown to Kootenai Medical Center in critical condition.

"The man who was standing up near the vehicle obviously had been drinking," said Spokane County Sheriff Detective Dave Thornburg said. "We still have to figure out who the driver was."

Thornburg added both alcohol and speed appear to be factors in the crash.

"Where they started to leave marks on the road and came to a rest and several hundred feet, so we know we have speed involved," said Detective Thornburg.

Avista was on scene for awhile dealing with downed power lines. A number of residents near the collision lost power for several hours as a result of the truck's collision with the power pole.

Detectives are still investigating the crash scene and have not released the names of the men involved.