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RPS crash investigation

In April 2006, Jo Savage was killed after her car plunged from the fifth floor of the River Park Square parking garage. Follow this page for the latest stories and documents related to the investigation of Savage’s death.

Memo on legal work in RPS case surfaces

A lawyer with the state attorney general’s office who provided a legal review of an investigation into a fatal 2006 River Park Square garage crash believed his review was being used “for political cover,” according to a memo written by David Savage, the ex-husband of the woman who died in the incident. In the memo to himself, Savage, an attorney who worked on the civil case against River Park Square, discusses details of a phone call between him and Scott Marlow, the lawyer who handled the examination for the attorney general’s office.

No charges in fatal car plunge from RPS garage

No charges will be filed from the 2006 death of a woman whose car broke through a parking garage barrier and plunged five stories to the ramp below. Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker said Friday he is closing the investigation of the death of Jo Ellen Savage after his office and the state Attorney General’s office concluded in separate reviews that there’s not enough evidence to prove the owners of the River Park Square garage were guilty of criminal recklessness or criminal negligence beyond a reasonable doubt.

State’s input on RPS sought

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker has asked for advice from the state attorney general’s office on an investigation into the death of a woman whose car fell from the River Park Square parking garage in 2006. Tucker said this week that he and Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Jack Driscoll reviewed boxes of information on the case gathered by federal investigators and that the two of them came to similar but slightly different conclusions. He declined to elaborate.

Prosecutor seeks advice on RPS crash

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker has asked for advice from the state Attorney General’s office on an investigation into the death of a woman whose car fell from the River Park Square parking garage in 2006.

Garage probe uncovers no fraud

A yearlong federal investigation into the River Park Square mall found no proof of fraud, but evidence surrounding the death of a Pullman woman whose car broke through a barrier and plunged over the side of the parking garage was given to Spokane County prosecutors for possible criminal charges. The mall and parking garage are affiliates of Cowles Co., which also owns The Spokesman-Review.

Sheriff supports passing case to FBI

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said Friday he fully supports Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick's decision to forward homicide allegations involving the River Park Square garage to the FBI. Former Pend Oreille County Sheriff Tony Bamonte sent a letter dated Aug. 18 to Kirkpatrick and Knezovich urging them to open a manslaughter investigation into last year's death of Jo Ellen Savage, who died after her car hit a barrier and fell from the garage's fifth floor on April 8, 2006.

Manslaughter charges urged in RPS garage death

A former Pend Oreille County sheriff believes manslaughter charges should be filed in connection with the death of a woman whose car plunged from the River Park Square parking garage last year.

RPS is ready to work on garage

Seven months after a woman died when her car fell from the River Park Square parking garage, construction will start to prevent future failures of the structure's walls. The city of Spokane approved the mall's plans to make the improvements and issued a building permit for the work on Wednesday.

Repairs to RPS barriers delayed

The city of Spokane told River Park Square officials Friday that the mall's plans to strengthen the walls of its garage are incomplete. The city's building department said it would not approve the building permit for construction until River Park Square provides more calculations and test results about the strength of the walls, according to a letter signed by city Inspector Supervisor Dan Skindzier and sent to the mall's general manager, Rob McOmie.

Insurer settles in RPS death

The insurance company representing River Park Square garage has reached a settlement with the family of a woman who died when her Subaru fell from the structure's fifth floor in April. Robert Rembert, the attorney who represents the family of Jo Ellen Savage, of Pullman, confirmed the settlement Tuesday.