Update: Suspect in Fatal Hit & Run on Hayford Road Arrested
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit Corporal Jeff Welton developed probable cause to charge 24-year-old Trevor J. Stephan with leaving the scene of a fatal collision that occurred May 16, 2019, on Hayford Road at Sprague in Airway Heights.
Yesterday evening, members of the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force located Stephan near Cochran and Dean and arrested him on the active felony warrant. He was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for leaving the scene of a fatal collision.
Previous Press Release May 21, 2019:
Update: Investigators Working to Confirm Identity of Driver, Suspected Fatal Hit & Run Vehicle Located/Seized
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit Investigators located and seized the hit and run vehicle believed to have been involved in this fatal collision. They continue to actively investigate this incident and are working to confirm the identity of the driver involved.
We appreciate the numerous tips called in from the public wishing to help with this investigation, but additional tips are no longer needed.
However, anyone who actually witnessed this incident is still asked to contact Corporal Jeff Welton at 509-477-3237.
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### Original Press Release May 17, 2019:
Traffic Investigators at the Scene of Fatal Hit & Run Vehicle/Pedestrian Crash on Hayford at Sprague
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit Investigators responded to the scene of a fatal vehicle/pedestrian collision earlier this evening. The driver of the vehicle initially stopped after hitting the victim, but soon fled the scene. The adult male victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.
On May 16, 2019, just after 9:00 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report of a vehicle/pedestrian collision on Hayford Rd. at Sprague, in Airway Heights.
Arriving Deputies learned the pedestrian was attempting to cross Hayford Rd., from east to west, when the driver of the vehicle struck the victim as the vehicle traveled south on Hayford Rd. After the collision, the driver stopped but later fled the area to the south.
Medical personnel arrived and provided medical care, but despite their efforts, the male was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Traffic Unit Investigators were called to continue the investigation. SIRT Team Volunteers responded to the area to assist with traffic control as Hayford will be closed in the area for several hours while the scene is measured, scanned, and evidence is collected.
The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name of the decedent at a later date, when appropriate.
Anyone who witnessed this incident or can help investigators identify the fleeing driver is asked to call Corporal Jeff Welton at 509-477-3237.
Any updates will be provided tomorrow after or when appropriate to do so.