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Bar owner’s lawyer: Crash ‘not a crime’

An attorney for the Spokane Valley bar owner accused of killing a bicyclist in a hit and run crash calls the incident “a tragic accident and not a crime.”

Carl Oreskovich appeared with his client, Scott C. Reckord, in Spokane County Superior Court today. Reckord peladed not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and hit-and run for a March 1 collision that killed 56-year-old David L. Squires. Reckord, the owner of Sullivan Scoreboard, did not comment after the hearing, according to a story by Thomas Clouse.

Squires (pictured at right with his wife, Christy) was riding southbound through the crosswalk of the intersection of Division Street and Sprague Avenue when he was knocked from his bike.Witnesses said Reckord’s silver Dodge pickup then ran Squires over.

A woman and her son then chased Reckord, flashing their lights and honking their horn to get his attention, according to police records. The woman’s husband stayed at the scene to give first aid to Squires. Officers arrested Reckord after he failed a field sobriety test.

“We are just getting started,” said Oreskovich after the short hearing. “The Reckord family extends its sympathies to Mr. Squires’ family. We think this is a tragic accident and not a crime.”

Oreskovich successfully made the same argument when he represented Clifford Helm for the Nov. 1, 2005, crash that killed five children and seriously injured their father, Jeffry Schrock. A jury acquitted Helm of acquitted Helm of vehicular homicide charges in March 2008.

Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor Mary Ann Brady said the felony hit-and-run charge carries between 31 and 41 months in prison if a person with no previous criminal history is found guilty.

Greg Squires, the victim’s brother, said the arraignment Monday was just the first step on a lengthy legal process.

“I think they are just trying to cover for him,” Squires said of Reckord. “He’s just trying to protect himself.”

Past coverage: Family mourns, remembers

Bicyclist’s family: ‘Death just too tragic’

Memorial this Friday for Spokane bicyclist

David Squires had been riding his bike for years. He didn’t drive, and his 18-speed bicycle was the longtime electrician’s way of getting around Spokane.

Squires, 56, (pictured with his wife, Christy, in the beginning of their 19-year relationship) was riding that bike when he was struck by a car and killed as he crossed Sprague Avenue while southbound on Division Street on March 1. 

Now, after more than a week of grief, his family is hoping to share good memories of a man known for his sense of humor, storytelling and generosity.

A celebration of life will take place Friday at Mama’s Thai Lounge in Spokane Valley, where Squires’ stepdaughter, Alicia Fowler, works.

“I just want to be able to laugh about the good times and not cry about the bad times,” said Fowler, pictured above. “Dave wouldn’t want us to be sad.”

Friends sometimes called Squires, a father of six, “Dave, Dave, the electrical slave” because of his work ethic, said Fowler, 24.

Read the rest of my story here.

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Bicyclist’s family: ‘Death just too tragic’

Bicyclist’s family: Death ‘just too tragic’

The bicyclist killed Monday in downtown Spokane was an electrician and father of six known for his sense of humor.

David L. Squires, 56, was known as “The Sheik” at his electrician job according to his obituary.

His family said Wednesday they’re not ready to talk about him. “It’s still just too tragic,” said his wife of 19 years, Christy.

His obituary described Squires as a 1971 graduate of North Central High School with a great sense of humor and “a rare ability to capture your imagination with his story telling.”

“He lived an honest and simple life, with an open and generous heart,” his family wrote.

Squires was killed in what police describe as a drunken hit-and-run crash that led to the arrest of a Spokane Valley bar owner, Scott C. Reckord, 49.

Reckord posted $50,000 bond Tuesday after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court on charges of vehicular homicide and felony hit and run.

Reckord was arrested Monday night, accused of hitting Squires at Division Street and Sprague Avenue about 6:40 p.m.

Police said Reckord was driving a silver Dodge pickup north on one-way Division when turned left to go west on Sprague and collided with Squires in a crosswalk. Squires was knocked from his bicycle, then run over by the truck witnesses told police.

Witnesses told police the light was green for the northbound Division Street traffic, according to court documents. Reckord was arrested after police said he failed sobriety tests.

He’d returned to the scene after a driver, Bobby Curtis, and her husband, Jeffrey Curtis, followed him westbound on Sprague, flashing their lights and honking their horn to try to get his attention.

Bobby Curtis “confronted the defendant when they got back to the scene and he denied realizing he had hit anything,” according to court documents.

Squires was pronounced dead at a downtown hospital from skull fractures caused by blunt impact to the head, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Reckord owns Sullivan Scoreboard and is a partner in the LLC that owns Scotty’s Bar and Grill.

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