Reckless Driving/Excessive Speed Leads to Fatal Crash on Valleyway Avenue near McDonald Road
Spokane Valley Traffic Unit Investigators continue investigating last night’s single-vehicle fatal crash. The male driver was pronounced deceased at the scene, and the female passenger was transported to the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries. The vehicle was split in half, and the engine was separated from the front half of the car due to the excess speeds it appeared to be traveling when the crash occurred. Child safety seats were located in the wreckage, but it was later determined they were unoccupied at the time of the crash.
On April 14, 2023, at approximately 5:20 am, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a reported single-vehicle injury crash in the 13200 block of E. Valleyway Avenue in Spokane Valley.
Arriving Deputies contacted a concerned resident of the area, who was trying to comfort a critically injured female near the demolished vehicle. An unresponsive male was also located.
Spokane Valley Fire personnel also arrived at the scene to assist.
Initial information indicates the vehicle, a Volvo S60, was traveling east on Valleyway at an extremely high rate of speed as it entered the intersection at McDonald. The car bottomed out, and the male driver lost control. The Volvo began to spin across the roadway, struck a boulder on the north side of Valleyway, rolled, and hit a tree, splitting the car in two and completely dislodging the motor from the engine bay.
The male driver was pronounced deceased at the scene, and the female passenger was transported to the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries. Both are believed to be adults, but their identities have not been confirmed.
It has not been determined if the driver was Impaired, but Reckless Driving/Excessive Speed are factors that contributed to this fatal but completely avoidable crash. The investigation continues as Investigators collect evidence, conduct interviews, and process the scene to determine what led up to this deadly incident.