February 13, 2009 in City

State’s input on RPS sought

Prosecutor weighing charges in ’06 death
By The Spokesman-Review
 

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.

“I think it will be good to have a third opinion,” Tucker said.

In September, federal investigators said no federal charges applied to the death of Jo Ellen Savage, but they turned over files they gathered to Tucker’s office to consider if state manslaughter charges apply.

Savage died April 8, 2006, after her car hit a garage wall and fell from the structure’s fifth level.

Tucker said that although he is seeking the state’s opinion, the final charging decision still will rest with him.

River Park Square is a subsidiary of the Cowles Co., which also owns The Spokesman-Review.

Dan Sytman, attorney general spokesman, said the office received the investigative files from Tucker on Wednesday.


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