LEWISTON – On June 23rd, 2022, at approximately 12:41 a.m., Lewiston Police attempted to stop a 1999, GMC Yukon near the 1800 block of Main Street.
The vehicle me the description of a vehicle used by a subject involved in a crime earlier in the day. When the LPD officer attempted to stop the Yukon, it failed to yield and fled from the officer.
The driver of the Yukon eventually was driving Westbound on Idaho Street after committing numerous traffic violations. The LPD officer discontinued his attempt to stop the vehicle due to the unsafe driving of the Yukon. The driver of the Yukon continued to travel at a high rate of speed Westbound on Idaho Street where it began to swerve and appeared to lose control, narrowly missing a parked car and a vehicle travelling Eastbound on Idaho Street.
The Yukon crossed into the Eastbound lane of Idaho Street and then left the roadway. The Yukon went onto the sidewalk where it struck a brick retaining wall and sheared off an Avista Power Pole in the 1400 block of Idaho. After striking the pole, the Yukon flipped onto its top and came to rest in the front yard of a residence.
Officers were nearby and contacted several subjects that were coming out of the vehicle. In total, there were five occupants. Three individuals were transported to the hospital via ambulance and two subjects were found deceased in the Yukon. The names of the two deceased subjects are not being released at this time until the next of kin can be notified. Two subjects transported to the hospital had serious injuries and one had a minor injury.
Numerous residences and businesses in the area lost power due to the damage to the power pole. At this time, the crash is still under investigation by the Lewiston Police Department’s Major Collision Investigation Team. Idaho Street between Lincoln St and Del Sol Lane was closed for over 6 hours due to the crash. Power in the area was also out for over four hours as Avista had to replace the pole that was sheared off from the crash.
If anyone has information on the crash or witnessed the incident, they are asked to contact LPD Sgt. Craig Roberts at 208-746-0171.