Posted 4/29/2013 12:07 PM by MDGREGORY
On Monday morning, April 29, 2013, at 6:00 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one-vehicle collision at Mission and Felts. When Deputy Jerad Kiehn and Deputy Ken Dodge arrived on scene, they found the engine compartment of the vehicle
on fire and the adult male driver trapped inside the vehicle.
Unable to remove the driver from the vehicle, Deputies Kiehn and Dodge used several fire extinguishers to keep the flames from the engine compartment away from the driver. Valley Fire personnel arrived on scene, extinguished the fire and had to extract the
driver from the vehicle.
Sheriff's Office collision investigators investigated the collision. The vehicle had been traveling eastbound on Mission, swerved across the westbound lane of traffic and struck a large tree head-on. According to investigators, the driver was transported to
a local hospital and was initially listed in critical condition. He has since succumbed to his injuries. Alcohol may have been a contributing factor in this collision.
The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office will release identity of the driver at a later time.