Post Falls was the scene of a single-car accident which claimed the life of a 23-year-old woman last Wednesday.

Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office reported that Yuri Raper was the passenger in a 2002 Chevrolet sedan being driven by Michelle Longstreet, 26, of Post Falls. Around 12:30 a.m., the car was speeding east on Poleline Avenue when the driver lost control near Meyer Road, The car careened  off the road, hit a tree and rolled over.

The impact ejected both women from the car; neither of the victims were wearing seat belts. One of the women was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Raper immediately succumbed at the scene, she was pronounced dead. The other victim, Longstreet, was in severe critical condition and was sent to Kootenai Medical Center, that Wednesday night.

The Sheriff’s Office Traffic Team is investigating. They would like to know why the car malfunctions. They are also investigating if the driver was DUI, sleepy or distracted so the car swerved off the road.

Fortunately, no other car or persons were affected by the crash.

The accident brings to light the importance of wearing a seat belt. The job of the seatbelt is to keep the passenger in place in part of the car; the restrain keeps the passenger from being hurled forward if the car stops suddenly in the case of a collision. Death and serious injury could have been avoided if both women had used seat belts.

If you were injured in a car accident, please contact an experienced  car accident lawyer who will protect the rights of you and your loved ones. You may be entitled to financial compensation for economic damages as well as pain and suffering. .

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