Fatal Motorcycle Crash at Barker Road and Sprague Avenue
Spokane Valley Traffic Unit Investigators were called to the location of a one-vehicle fatal crash in Spokane Valley. The adult male motorcycle rider was pronounced deceased at the scene.
On October 18, 2022, at approximately 4:30 am, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the report of a motorcycle crash at Sprague Avenue and Barker Road.
Arriving Deputies and Spokane Valley Fire Fighters found the adult male rider unresponsive, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Traffic Unit Investigators were called to the scene to conduct the investigation. SIRT Team volunteers responded to assist with traffic control.
Initial information indicates the rider was traveling south on Barker Road at a high rate of speed, failed to negotiate the roundabout, left the roadway, and crashed. The motorcycle involved in the crash appears to have been reported as stolen.
While at the scene, a GMC Yukon arrived, and a male passenger, later identified as 22-year-old Reid R. Schultz, contacted Deputies. Schultz explained he was checking on the rider, thinking it was his friend. While speaking with Schultz, Deputies checked his name and learned he had an active misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. Schultz became very nervous and began walking back toward the Yukon. Deputies told him he was not free to leave as they needed to talk to him about the crash and that he had a warrant for his arrest. Schultz began running toward the Yukon while Deputies told him to stop and that he was under arrest.
Deputies caught Schultz at the Yukon and took him into custody, and the driver of the vehicle sped away from the scene.
Schultz was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Obstructing and his misdemeanor warrant.
This remains an active investigation, and speed is believed to be a contributing factor in this fatal crash.
The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name of the decedent at a later time when appropriate.