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Driver Charged In Wife’s Death

Tue., Feb. 4, 1997

Prosecutors filed a vehicular homicide charge Monday against a Spokane Valley man accused of killing his wife by ramming his pickup truck into a bus.

The alleged drunken driver, David William Jones, 40, also faces a second charge of failing to remain at the scene of an injury accident.

Washington State Patrol troopers and Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrested Jones at the Bayou Tavern about 90 minutes after the Jan. 15 accident at Barker and Euclid.

Authorities say Jones and his wife, Shelly K. Thompson, had been drinking that afternoon in the tavern. They left in his truck at 5:15 p.m.

The accident happened about 15 minutes later, when Jones’ pickup hit the left rear bumper of the Spokane Transit Authority bus.

Troopers said Jones fled the accident scene after the bus driver asked him if anyone in his truck was injured. Thompson suffered massive head injuries and was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center, where she died shortly after arrival.

Jones remains in custody after failing to post a $200,000 bond. Records show he was driving with suspended driver’s licenses from Wyoming and Idaho, and was facing a drunken driving charge in Coeur d’Alene.

, DataTimes

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