Auto/Pedestrian Collision Investigation Leads to Driver’s Arrest for Vehicular Homicide
Last night, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies, Spokane Valley Deputies, and Traffic Unit Investigators responded to a vehicle/pedestrian crash scene. Through information learned during the investigation, the adult male driver was arrested and booked into jail for vehicular homicide. The adult male pedestrian was transported to the hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
On September 22, 2021, at approximately 10:00 pm, Spokane Valley Deputies and Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report of an auto/pedestrian collision on N. Argonne Rd. near Maringo Drive.
Spokane Valley Fire and AMR personnel provided medical treatment, and due to the severity of the victim’s injuries, he was quickly transported to the hospital. Unfortunately, despite efforts to save the victim’s life, he was later pronounced deceased.
Through the investigation and witness statements, the victim was attempting to cross Argonne from west to east. The 1999 Subaru Outback, driven by 42-year-old David A. Coleman, was traveling north on Argonne when it struck the pedestrian.
Corporal Todd Miller, a Certified Drug Recognition Expert and Traffic Unit Investigator, learned Coleman may have been driving while impaired at the time of the collision. Corporal Miller contacted Coleman and asked if he would submit to field sobriety tests (FSTs), and Coleman agreed.
After the FSTs, in conjunction with information gained through the investigation, Corporal Miller placed Coleman under arrest for Vehicular Homicide. A search warrant to obtain a blood sample was granted, and an evidentiary blood sample was collected.
Coleman was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Vehicular Homicide.
Drugs and/or alcohol use are suspected factors in this fatal incident by both the victim and suspect.
This remains an active investigation, and no further information is available.