Suspect Charged with 2 Counts of Vehicular Assault in addition to Reckless Endangerment for Injury Crash on E. Deer Park-Milan Road
Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a crash on E. Deer Park-Milan Road just west of N. Milan-Elk Road. A Jeep Cherokee was discovered, unoccupied, and on its side. Approximately two hours later, Deputies were informed two juveniles were being treated at the hospital due to a crash. Traffic Unit Investigators were called and, through the investigation, identified the driver of the vehicle and arrested him for two counts of Vehicular Assault and one count of Reckless Endangerment.
On September 1, 2023, at approximately 9:15 pm, Spokane Deputies responded to the report of an overturned Jeep Cherokee on Deer Park-Milan Road, west of N. Milan-Elk Road. The caller stated no one was around or found inside the vehicle.
Deputies arrived, finding the Jeep on its side, partially blocking the eastbound lanes of Deer Park-Milan Road. Despite a search, several people at the scene advised no one was found in the area, and none were involved in or witnessed the crash. Deputies rechecked the vehicle/area with the same results.
At approximately 11:10 pm, Deputies were informed hospital staff called to report two juveniles (8 and 16) were admitted with severe injuries sustained in a rollover crash. Additionally, the father of the injured 8-year-old and uncle of the injured 16-year-old was identified as the driver of the vehicle at the time.
The driver, identified as 29-year-old Cole F. Reynoso, arrived at the hospital stating they were involved in a minor slide-off and the injured juveniles were wearing their seat belts. Staff believed Reynoso was intoxicated, and Deputies learned he had left prior to their arrival. It was also noted Reynoso never called 911 to report the crash.
Traffic Unit Reconstructionists were called to investigate due to the serious injuries. Upon gathering evidence and documenting the scene, including friction marks in the roadway, reconstruction efforts determined the Jeep, traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of travel, was at or near speeds of 58 mph in a posted 35 mph zone, which also had a caution 30 mph corner sign.
Through the initial information gained during the investigation, Reynoso met up with a friend driving a truck near Deer Park-Milan and Newport Highway. Reynoso passed his friend in the other vehicle in a double yellow, no passing zone with winding, blind curves at a high rate of speed. He lost control while attempting to navigate the corner and rolled the Jeep. The 8-year-old, not wearing a seat belt, was ejected during the crash. He was treated at the hospital and released. The 16-year-old and an adult passenger sustained serious but believed to be non-life-threatening injuries and were admitted for treatment.
Investigators contacted the adult male driver of the truck Reynoso passed. Initially, he was untruthful when he spoke with Detective Welton but, days later, revised his statement during a second interview.
On September 7, 2023, Detective Welton contacted Reynoso, who admitted to racing with the driver of the truck. He was in the wrong travel lane while attempting to pass the truck when he lost control and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll.
Through the investigation, Detectives Welton developed probable cause to charge Reynoso with two counts of Vehicular Assault and one count of Reckless Endangerment. Reynoso was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail.
This remains an active investigation, and no further information is available.