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Speed a factor in fatal crash of Grant deputy

MOSES LAKE -- The Washington State Patrol says speeding was a factor in a crash that killed a Grant County sheriff's deputy in January.

The patrol estimates that Deputy John Bernard, 52, was driving between 77 and 79 mph on a road near Ephrata with a posted limit of 55 mph.

The road was wet as well.

Bernard's vehicle skidded off a curve and went airborne for more than 20 feet, then rolled.

The deputy was not responding to a call at the time of the crash.

Bernard was wearing his seat belt.

Gov. Chris Gregoire and law enforcement officers honored Bernard in a large memorial following his death.

He had been with the Grant County Sheriff's Office for four years.