Two residents of the Tuscarora Nation died early Monday after a one-car accident in the 5500 block of Walmore Road.
After receiving a call at 2:14 a.m., Lewiston Police officers arrived at the scene to find a 1997 Buick LeSabre broken in two parts off the shoulder of the road. One section was wrapped around a tree and on fire, and the other section containing the passengers was overturned about 30 feet away.
Both occupants - driver Brandon M. Rickard, 32, and his passenger Danyle M. White, 29 - were pronounced dead at the scene.
Preliminary investigation showed the vehicle was traveling northbound on Walmore when it crossed into the oncoming lane and continued off the road into the tree. According to police reports, speed was believed to be a factor in the accident. Other causes still are being investigated.