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Bicyclist killed in downtown crash ID’d

Driver booked in fatal crash with bicyclist

A driver in Spokane was arrested by police Monday night after fleeing the scene of a fatal collision with a bicyclist at Division Street and Sprague Avenue in downtown.

Scott C. Reckord, 49, was booked into Spokane County Jail on a vehicular homicide charge after he failed a field sobriety test and on a charge of felony hit and run.

Police said he was driving a pickup that was headed north on one-way Division and turned left to go west on Sprague, where he collided with the bicyclist in a crosswalk.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the bicycle rider as David Squires, 56. Squires died of skull fractures caused by blunt impact to the head.

Squires was riding south in the crosswalk at Sprague on the west side of Division when he was hit about 6:40 p.m. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he died.

A witness to the accident followed the fleeing driver until he returned to the scene, police said.

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James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.