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Vehicular assault suspect in hit-and-run case released

A man accused of fleeing the scene of an injury accident in Spokane Valley in 2012 and then fleeing the state was released from the Spokane County Jail on his own recognizance Thursday pending trial.

David W. Keck, 34, has been charged with one count of vehicular assault and two counts of hit-and-run in an injury accident. The charges stem from a collision at Mission Avenue and Felts Road on May 4, 2012, when Keck is accused of speeding in his mother’s Ford Mustang and crashing into a Dodge Durango with a married couple inside.

Keck left the scene but was identified by his passenger, according to court documents. The passenger suffered a lacerated kidney, a bruised lung and fractured rib in the crash. The couple in the Durango were also injured.

A warrant was issued for Keck’s arrest last year after he failed to cooperate with investigators, documents state. Keck’s attorney said he turned himself in Wednesday.

Court documents state that Keck’s mother removed his belongings from his residence the day after the crash and also tried to report her Mustang as stolen several times, telling police that it had been taken from her son’s driveway the day of the crash. Multiple witnesses told police that they saw Keck driving the car earlier that day and in the minutes before the crash, documents say.

Speaking to insurance investigators, Keck claimed to be staying at the Red Lion Hotel in Lewiston, Idaho, the day of the crash. The receipts he turned over to the investigator were fake, court documents say.


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