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Ponderosa Jump being leveled after deaths

Friday, June 20, 2014by  Jon Osterberg

Last October, this blog noted a “hill hopping” car crash in Spokane Valley that killed two high school girls.
   Now, the Spokesman-Review reports that construction begins next week to flatten the dip in the road nicknamed “Ponderosa Jump,” where thrill-seekers speed to catch air. Workers will remove a stretch of asphalt and raise the roadbed, eliminating the dip.
   In last October’s fatal crash, a boy who had just turned 16 drove a car at 70 mph toward the jump but lost control and struck a tree, killing his 15-year-old passengers.
   Spokane Valley’s former mayor said that even after the crash, teens continued to jump the hill.
   Road reconstruction should take only about one week.

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