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Three Separate Vehicle Collisions Result in One Fatality

Julie Humphreys, Public Safety Communication Manager, 509.625.5868

Monday, February 21, 2022 at 8:20 a.m.

Three separate vehicle collisions result in one fatality, multiple injured persons, and two people requiring extrication. Speed likely a factor in at least two collisions.

At 7:23 this morning, 02/18/2022, SPD responded to multiple calls of a hit and run collision on Belt and Wellesley. Several minutes later 911 received numerous calls about a collision at Alberta and Queen. Officers arrived to find a truck flipped over with a father and his young child inside, a car with the driver pinned in the vehicle, and a fence and house badly damaged.

Officers estimate the car was traveling well over the speed limit when it failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the truck. Miraculously, the father and child were able to get out of the overturned car and sustained only minor injuries. The driver of the car had to be extricated and was taken to a local hospital with substantial injuries.

Officers determined the driver of the car, identified as 22 year old Gavin Burndt, was also involved in the crash at Belt and Wellesley and fled that scene before running into the truck at Alberta and Queen. Probable cause was developed for felony hit and run. Burndt also faces charges in the second accident of Reckless Driving, Driving on a Suspended License, Ignition Interlock Required, and a civil infraction of Driving with no Insurance. Burndt did not show signs of impairment.

Video link of the collision at Alberta and Queen

Officers responded to another collision - this one involving a truck and a sedan - just before 11am in the area of Lee and Boone that tragically ended in a fatality. Officers arrived on scene to find a female who needed extrication from the sedan. Fire personnel attempted life saving measures but the female passenger was already deceased. The driver of the sedan was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the truck that impacted the passenger side of the sedan was not injured nor were his two passengers. The juvenile driver did not appear to show signs of impairment but speed was determined to likely have been a factor in the collision. Major Crimes is currently investigating.

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Photos of the collision- Alberta and Queen

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