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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FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2010
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 …
SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2009
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 …
FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2009
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 …
THURSDAY, 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 …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 6, 2008
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 …
SATURDAY, AUG. 25, 2007
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 …
FRIDAY, 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 …
THURSDAY, OCT. 19, 2006
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 …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 30, 2006
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 …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2006
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 …
SATURDAY, AUG. 5, 2006
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 …
THURSDAY, 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 – …
THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2006
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 …
THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2006
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 …
WEDNESDAY, 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 …
THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2006
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 OConnor was …
TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2006
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 …
THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2006
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 …
TUESDAY, 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 …
SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2006
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 …
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.