[7/21/16] 8 Year Old Ephrata Girl Dies In 2 Vehicle Crash

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EPHRATA, Wash. (21JULY2016) – An eight-year-old girl was killed and five persons injured due to a violent two vehicle collision in Ephrata on Wednesday evening. 

Around 5:45 p.m., Ephrata Police were called for a possible vehicle prowl in progress on Nob Hill Drive Northeast in Ephrata. Before police could arrive, the suspect vehicle, a 1998 Dodge Durango with three persons inside, fled the scene at high speed. The Durango traveled south on D Street Northeast and failed to stop at the stop sign at Division Avenue East. The Durango collided in the intersection with a 1980 Chevrolet LUV pickup which was traveling west on Division.

The force of the collision caused the Durango to roll onto its side and strike a power pole. The Chevrolet LUV crashed into the garage of the house at 350 D Street Southeast, trapping the pickup’s occupants who had to be extricated by firefighters. The house was unoccupied.

Audrey Grubb, 8 of Ephrata, was passenger in the pickup. She suffered multiple injuries and died at Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata. Her body is in the care of Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison whose staff will conduct an autopsy today.

The driver of the pickup, Justin Grubb, age 33 of Ephrata sustained serious injuries and was admitted to Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake. Another passenger in the pickup, Elizabeth Mills, 35 of East Wenatchee, was critically injured and was flown by LifeFlight to Providence-Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

The driver if the Durango, Neil McLeod, 36 of Ephrata, was arrested by police and transported to Samaritan Healthcare. He is now facing charges of DUI-drugs, vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. He is lodged in the Chelan County Jail in Wenatchee.

Two passengers in the Durango sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to local hospitals. They were identified as Jaucina Skotland, 26 of Moses Lake and Sarah Gibson, 24 of Soap Lake.

The collision is under investigation by the Grant County Sheriff’s Motor Traffic Unit.

Multiple agencies of skilled resources were required for this serious, multi-casualty collision: Ephrata Police Dept., Ephrata Fire Dept., Ephrata Public Works, Grant County Fire District #13, AMR ambulance, Protection-1 Ambulance from Quincy, LifeFlight and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. The emergency department staffs at Columbia Basin Hospital and Samaritan Healthcare were prepared to care for the injured.

Sheriff Tom Jones offered his sympathies, adding, “This collision has an especially sad connection to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. Justin Grubb is a Grant County Sheriff’s Corrections Deputy, who was off-duty at the time of the incident. His eight-year-old daughter Audrey died due to her injuries and Justin’s girlfriend Elizabeth was critically injured. Because the sheriff’s office family was impacted by this tragedy, sheriff’s office corrections staff were gathered and notified by the GCSO administration. Sheriff’s Chaplain Dennis Fountain was on-hand providing compassionate care and assisting family and co-workers. Please join me by taking a moment and saying a prayer for everyone impacted by this heartbreaking turn of events.”