Single Vehicle Collision, Juvenile Seriously Injured, Driver Arrested
Early this morning, Spokane Valley Traffic Investigators were called to assist Spokane Valley Deputies at the scene of a single vehicle collision on Cataldo Avenue, east of Barker Road, in Spokane Valley. One of the four young juvenile passengers sustained a serious head injury and is in critical condition. The other three juveniles are in stable condition. The 19-year-old female driver, Autumn N. Solomon, was booked into jail for Vehicular Assault.
This morning prior to 1:00 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a serious injury, single vehicle collision near the 18800 block of E. Cataldo. Due to the possible serious injuries, Spokane Valley Collision Investigators were called to the scene to assist with the investigation.
Investigators believe Solomon was driving west on Cataldo at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a sharp corner as she approached Barker Road. An initial estimate indicted the vehicle’s minimum speed may have been twice the posted speed limit of 25 mph just prior to hitting a concrete barrier, vaulting it into the air, before coming to rest in a vacant lot. Solomon had four young juvenile (12-14 years of age) passengers, who are not believed to be wearing seat belts at the time of the collision, in the vehicle with her.
All five occupants of the vehicle received medical attention. At the time of an update this afternoon, three of the juveniles are in stable condition. One of the juveniles received a serious head injury and is in critical condition.
Investigators stated speed and failure to use seat belts are factors in this collision but impairment is not.
This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges are possible.
After receiving medical attention, Solomon was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Vehicular Assault, a felony.