Single-Vehicle, Sole Occupant, Fatal Crash
Spokane Valley Deputies and Traffic Unit Investigators responded to a single-vehicle wreck on 4th Avenue, east of Bowdish Monday night. The driver, and sole occupant, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
On June 29, 2020, at approximately 10:00 p.m., Spokane Valley Deputies and Fire personnel responded to the report of a single-vehicle crash in the 11500 block of E. 4th Avenue in Spokane Valley.
Arriving Deputies located the vehicle in the yard of a home. Residents of the area and arriving Spokane Valley Firefighters and Deputies tried life-saving efforts, but the adult male driver suffered severe injuries and was pronounced deceased.
Traffic Unit Investigators were called to the scene to continue the investigation.
Sheriff Community Oriented Policing Effort, S.C.O.P.E. SIRT Team volunteers, also responded to assist with traffic control.
Initial information indicates speed and possibly impairment may be contributing factors in this fatal crash.
This is the second fatal crash in two days, the 13th fatal crash in 2020, 8 of which occurred in June alone. Comparatively, in 2019, Spokane Valley Police and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit Collision Investigators responded to a total of 12 fatalities for the entire year.
Additionally, they have responded to nine serious injury crashes during the first half of this year compared to 12-total in 2019.
Speed, impairment, or both, seem to be common factors in these fatal/serious injury crashes.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and Spokane Valley Police Department are urging drivers to slow down and not drive if impaired. Please, if not for yourself, do it for your loved ones and friends. Make good decisions and get home safely.