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Posted on: October 7, 2019

Information from Witnesses Help Deputies locate Driver Who Hit a Jogger and Fled the Scene

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Information from Witnesses Help Deputies locate Driver Who Hit a Jogger and Fled the Scene – Driver Arrested for Felony Hit and Run 

 

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested the driver of a vehicle, who failed to stop to identify himself or render aid after he struck a jogger and fled the scene. Deputies identified the driver with the assistance of several witnesses who provided detailed information, which led to his arrest.  This incident could have been much worse, but thankfully, the jogger sustained what appeared to be minor injuries.   

 

On October 6, 2019, just before 5:30 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Stan Kravtsov, assigned to Medical Lake, responded to the report of a vehicle/pedestrian collision near the intersection of S. Stanley and E. Campbell.  Additional information from witnesses indicated the driver of the vehicle did not stop and fled the scene.


Several witnesses advised a blue or green sedan, possibly a Honda, was driving south on Stanley toward Campbell.  The driver, later identified as 27-year-old Dustin J. Williams, did not stop at the stop sign before turning west on Campbell.  Williams went off the north side of the road and struck an adult female who was jogging eastbound.  The victim flew across the hood of the car and landed on the pavement. 


Williams drove through the grass, accelerated, and fled west on Campbell. 


The victim stated she was jogging on the shoulder, just off the roadway.  She observed Williams’ vehicle run the southbound stop sign on Stanley before turning west on Campbell.  The car immediately turned onto the shoulder, heading straight for her.  She attempted to get out of the way, but she was struck and thrown across the hood toward the driver’s side, landing on the pavement.  She did not want to be transported by ambulance, and she would seek medical attention later. 


The victim and witnesses were able to provide enough information Deputies identified and later meet with Williams at a local store just after 7:00 p.m.


Williams denied drinking before the collision, stating he purchased alcohol at the grocery store before the Deputies’ arrival.  He said he was driving on Campbell when a female jogger ran into the front of his vehicle and fell off to the side.  Williams was scared, so he took off and drove away.  He further explained he later did the right thing and turned himself in. 


Deputy Kravtsov arrested Williams for felony hit and run (injury).  A check of Williams’ name revealed he had an ID card, but he did not have a driver’s license. 


Williams was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for felony hit and run.


We want to thank the witnesses for providing the detailed information, which was instrumental in quickly identifying Williams and ultimately led to his arrest.    

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