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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.


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Stories


  • Fri., Feb. 26, 2010, midnight

    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 …


  • Sat., April 4, 2009, midnight

    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 …


  • Fri., Feb. 13, 2009, midnight

    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 …


  • Thu., Feb. 12, 2009, 7:15 p.m.

    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 …


  • Sat., Sept. 6, 2008, midnight

    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 …


  • Sat., Aug. 25, 2007, midnight

    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 …


  • Fri., Aug. 24, 2007, 3:40 p.m.

    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 …


  • Thu., Oct. 19, 2006, midnight

    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 …


  • Sat., Sept. 30, 2006, midnight

    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 …


  • Wed., Sept. 27, 2006, midnight

    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 …


  • Sat., Aug. 5, 2006, midnight

    RPS garage to get upgrades

    River Park Square officials announced Friday that they will strengthen the mall’s parking garage by attaching steel rods and plates to outside-facing walls. The announcement comes four months after a …


  • Thu., July 20, 2006, 3:51 p.m.

    Some RPS garage barriers inferior

    Half of the barriers on the first seven floors of the River Park Square Parking garage – including one that collapsed earlier this year when hit by a car – …


  • Thu., June 15, 2006, midnight

    In brief: No grand jury for garage death

    Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker has declined to ask a grand jury to investigate whether criminal charges should result from the death of a woman whose car fell from the …


  • Thu., June 8, 2006, midnight

    Attorney: RPS failed to act

    An attorney representing the family of a woman who died when her car fell from the River Park Square garage sharply criticized mall officials Wednesday for failing to take the …


  • Wed., June 7, 2006, 3:54 p.m.

    Engineer’s report indicated ‘problem’ with RPS garage walls

    More than a decade before a Pullman woman died when her car drove through a barrier on the fifth level of the River Park Square garage, an engineer expressed concern …


  • Thu., May 25, 2006, midnight

    Judge grants request for garage hearing

    A Spokane County Superior Court judge has scheduled a hearing at 1:30 p.m. June 6 to examine the River Park Square parking garage. The hearing before Judge Kathleen O’Connor was …


  • Tue., May 23, 2006, midnight

    Garage to test barriers

    The River Park Square garage is closing off parking in rows that face Spokane Falls Boulevard while the owners test the concrete barriers at the end of the spaces. A …


  • Thu., May 18, 2006, midnight

    Voluntary RPS upgrades possible

    River Park Square officials said Wednesday that safety improvements will be considered to prevent another car from falling from the mall’s garage. However, they stressed that any changes would be …


  • Tue., May 16, 2006, 3:58 p.m.

    Garage barrier imperfect but exceeds code, study says

    The concrete barrier that motorist Jo Ellen Savage hit in last month’s fatal accident in the River Park Square parking garage exceeds building code requirements, according to a Seattle engineering …


  • Sat., May 13, 2006, midnight

    Eugster wants grand jury to probe fatal fall at garage

    Spokane attorney Steve Eugster wants a grand jury to investigate whether any criminal charges should be brought in the fatal plunge of a car out of the River Park Square …

Documents


  • David Savage memo on RPS crash investigation


  • Attorney General’s Office letter to Tucker

    County Prosecutor Steve Tucker said April 3 he is closing the case on 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 “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the death was caused by criminal recklessness or criminal negligence. A letter from Assistant Attorney General Scott Marlow says state attorneys believe it would be difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the owners or operators of the garage acted with criminal recklessness or criminal negligence in the case.


  • Spokane County prosecutor about Savage’s death

    This April 3 press release announces that County Prosecutor Steve Tucker said he is closing the case on 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 “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the death was caused by criminal recklessness or criminal negligence.


  • 2006 RPS structural evaluation

    Structural evaluation of concrete vehicle barriers at River Park Square garage completed in July 2006 by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.


  • RPS inspections part 01

    Inspection reports for the RPS parking garage. Part 1 of 2.


  • RPS inspections part 02

    Inspection reports for the RPS parking garage. Part 2 of 2.


  • Tony Bamonte letter

    Jan. 13, 2009, letter from former Pend Oreille County Sheriff Tony Bamonte to Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich regarding the safety of the RPS parking garage.


  • Ron Wright letter

    Letter from Ron Wright to Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and the Spokane City Council regarding the RPS garage.


  • Public Works minutes

    Minutes from the Spokane Public Works Committee meeting on Dec. 9, 1998. Inspections of the RPS parking garage are discussed on page 3.


  • Melinda Travis declarations

    July 2006 statement by Spokane resident Melinda Travis on a 1999 incident in the RPS parking garage.


  • Atwood-Hinzman RPS garage report

    A report on a structural inspection of concrete walls in the River Park Square garage performed by Atwood-Hinzman, Inc., an engineering consulting firm,


  • Budinger & Associates report on RPS garage

    A report on a structural investigation of the River Park Square garage performed by Budinger & Associates.


  • Rex Franklin / RPS garage testimony

    A 2006 declaration by Rex Franklin, a former manager of the River Park Square parking garage, regarding the safety of concrete panels that surround the structure.


  • RPS garage structural evaluation

    A July 18, 2006, report on concrete vehicle barriers in the River Park Square parking garage.