LEWISTON - On Thursday, March 19, at approximately 12:18 P.M., Lewiston Police and Lewiston Medics were dispatched to the 100 block of Levee Bypass Road for an injury head-on collision. When officers arrived, they found a 2013 Ram Cargo Van and a 2016 Ford Explorer in the middle of the roadway. Both vehicles had severe front end damage.
Lewiston Medics arrived on scene and began assessing injuries. The driver of the Ford Explorer, identified as 66-year-old Howard Korn, of Clarkston, had to be extricated from the vehicle. Both he and his passenger, 70-year-old Marilyn Larson, also of Clarkston, were transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center with apparent non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the Ram Cargo Van, identified as 25-year-old Vasiliy Burunov, of Spokane, was also transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The front and side curtain airbags were deployed in the Ford Explorer. All three subjects were wearing their seat belts.
Through their investigation, officers determined Korn's Ford Explorer was traveling westbound on Levee Bypass Road and Burunov's Ram Cargo Van was traveling eastbound. The Ram crossed over the double-yellow center line on a curve striking the Ford head-on. Burunov told officers he was looking at his map on his cell phone when the accident occurred. A witness on scene told officers Burunov's vehicle drove straight across the double-yellow line with no attempt to negotiate the corner. Levee Bypass Road was closed from D St. to 5th St. for just over 2 hours during the investigation. Buronov was cited for Inattentive Driving, a misdemeanor.
The Lewiston Police Department wants to remind drivers to put your cell phones away while driving and to always wear your seat belt.