Authorities still have not released information about why a Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy was reportedly pursuing a car that shortly afterward slammed head-on into a semi-truck on Highway 395 Sunday afternoon.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the Hyundai Elantra was westbound on Foster Wells Road when the driver came to the intersection with Highway 395.

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According to the WSP, the car headed out into the intersection and slammed into a southbound semi, killing a passenger in the car, and sending the driver to Spokane via helicopter.

The driver, identified as 28-year-old  Ricky G. Cruz of Pasco, was airlifted to Spokane in critical condition. He was not wearing a seatbelt, nor was his passenger 23-year-old Karlie Moore (hometown not listed). She died in the crash.

The semi driver, Harold Matuterivera, 40, of Milton Freewater, was not hurt in the collision.

The crash occurred around 4:15PM, the investigation continues. No details released by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.


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