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Tri-Tech instructor killed in accident near Spokane

In this 2011 file photo, pre-veterinay technician instructor Suzanne Lefevre works with students at Tri-Tech Skills Center in Kennewick. Lefevre was killed in a crash north of Spokane on Saturday after the vehicle she was riding in was struck head-on by another vehicle headed the opposite direction and crossed the center line.
In this 2011 file photo, pre-veterinay technician instructor Suzanne Lefevre works with students at Tri-Tech Skills Center in Kennewick. Lefevre was killed in a crash north of Spokane on Saturday after the vehicle she was riding in was struck head-on by another vehicle headed the opposite direction and crossed the center line. Herald file

An instructor at Kennewick’s Tri-Tech Skills Center died Saturday afternoon in a car crash just north of Spokane.

Suzanne L. Lefevre, 53, died at the scene, according to the Spokesman-Review. She taught pre-veterinary technician skills at the career and technical education center.

According to a Washington State Patrol report, a Toyota RAV4 driven by Spokane resident Tymofiy Bilous, 19, was going south on Highway 291 about five miles outside Spokane when it crossed the center line. The RAV4 hit head-on wtih the northbound Ford Expedition that Suzanne Lefevre was riding in and was driven by Ritzville resident Andrew Lefevre, 62.

Tymofiy Bilous and a passenger in his vehicle, Andriy Bilous, 19, were injured and taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Andrew Lefevre and a second passenger in the Expedition, 60-year-old Lindsey A. Lefevre, were taken to Deaconess Hospital, also in Spokane.

Both cars were totaled. All five people were wearing their seat belts, the the patrol said. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Lefevre began teaching at Tri-Tech in 2002, Kennewick school officials said in a release. She also coordinated TLC 4 Pets where students gained hands-on experiencing.

“Suzanne will be remembered for her dedication to her students,” stated Tri-Tech Principal Paul Randall. “She always set high expectations and challenged them to do their very best. She cared about people and animals alike and our Tri-Tech family will miss her greatly.”

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