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Motorcyclist could be charged in sister’s death

MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009, 9:53 A.M.

A Spokane motorcyclist will likely face a vehicular homicide charge following a crash that killed his sister, officials said Monday.

Phyllis Kay Darrough, 34, died Saturday from injuries sustained in the crash at Fifth Avenue and Lee Street, police said. The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office is expected to decide today if Darrough’s brother, Lamont Brooks, should face a charge in connection with her death.

About 4 p.m. Friday, Brooks and his sister were headed east on Fifth Avenue on the motorcycle when a car was crossing north at Lee Street, said Spokane Police Cpl. Dave Adams.

Witnesses told police Brooks was going 50 to 70 mph when he put on the brakes to avoid the car, which had the right-of-way, police said. Brooks and Darrough were thrown from the motorcycle.

Darrough was taken to Deaconess Medical Center where she died a several hours later, police said. Brooks suffered minor injuries.

Police searched Brooks after the crash and found a small quantity of cocaine, Adams said.

Brooks was booked into Spokane County Jail on one count each of vehicular assault and possession of cocaine.

Brooks has since paid a $15,000 cash bond to be released from jail, Adams said.

Brooks’ criminal record includes convictions for second-degree assault, riot, second-degree reckless endangerment and first-degree assault, officials said.

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