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2 bars cited for over-serving in triple fatal

Two downtown bars were cited by the state Liquor Control Board for over-serving a man who, while drunken driving, allegedly caused a fatal accident on Interstate 90 in December.

The driver, Sterling N. Kruger, 22, of Davenport, Wash., died after entering the eastbound highway going the wrong way, and collided with an eastbound vehicle killing both the driver James Roscoe Bolton, 61, of Spokane Valley; and his passenger, Trina Louise Erickson, 47, of Spokane Valley.

After an investigation, the liquor board discovered that Kruger had visited three downtown nightclubs that night, two of which were cited for allowing an intoxicated person to consume/possess alcohol.

The Lion’s Lair, 205 W. Riverside Ave., faces a five-day liquor license suspension or a $500 fine, while the BLVD House of Music faces a 30-day license suspicion. This is the third violation for the BLVD within two years, officials said.

Hit-and-run seriously injures pedestrian

A hit-and-run driver seriously injured a Spokane pedestrian today on the lower South Hill.

Police are looking for any information on the incident, which occurred at 12:22 p.m. at South Oak Street and West 10th Avenue.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, according to the Spokane Police Department.

The suspect vehicle is described as a light brown or blue sedan with a loud muffler.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233, or call Cpl. Dave Adams at (509) 835-4567.

Meth found in car involved in fatal crash

Detectives investigating a car crash that killed a teenager in south Spokane last weekend found methamphetamine in the vehicle in which the victim was riding, according to newly filed court documents.

Jacoby Bryant, 19, (left, picture from KHQ.com) died early Feb. 14 when the 1999 Pontiac Grand Am she was riding in collided with a 2005 BMW in what police believe was a race between the vehicles on southbound Hatch Road near 54th Avenue.

Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives found meth in a purse in the Grand Am, and the car’s driver, Brooke A. Reese, 18, told police she’d had four shots of Vodka that night, according to a search warrant filed in District Court.

Reese told investigators she was driving “too fast” when she tried to make a left turn on 54th Avenue and collided with a tree after being struck by the BMW about 2:24 a.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office.

She called deciding the race the BMW’s driver, 18-year-old Taylor D. Marean, “the worst decision of my life,” according to court documents.

“His car was faster, faster than I would have ever thought,” Reese reportedly said.

Reese was treated and released from a local hospital. Neither Marean nor his passenger, Ryan Perrizo, 19, were injured. Marean, who Reese said had been drinking “a lot,” refused to talk to investigators.

Detectives are investigating the three for possible vehicular homicide charges.

Man survives 3 crashes on 1 road

The only survivor of a crash on Lovell Valley Road near Plummer, Idaho has survived two other one-car crashes on that same road.

Joseph M. Matt, 24, of Worley, was thrown from a 1997 Jeep Cherokee about 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday after the car left the road and vaulted nearly 250 feet, taking off the tops of two trees.

William “Sonny” A. Davison, 22, of Desmet, was also ejected and died at the scene. Alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to Idaho State Police, and investigators haven’t determined who was driving.

Matt’s sister, Veronica J. Matt, died in a crash on Lovell Valley Road March 26, along with her mother, Juanita A. Garcia, 42, who was driving. Veronica was driving a 2003 Chevy Blazer when it veered off the road.

Joseph Matt was in the car, along with 25-year-old Dianna Matheson, of Worley, niece of tribal councilman David Matheson, tribal officials and the ISP said.

Joseph Matt and Diana Matheson were also injured on the road in a crash in October 2000, according to previously published reports. The two were passengers in a 1987 Chevy Cavalier that went off the road.

Lovell Valley Road stretches from Tekoa, Wash., to Highway 95 south of Plummer. It’s a relatively straight road, said Coeur d’Alene Tribe spokesman Marc Stewart, and the tribe has paid for paving improvements over the years. 

While the four deaths this year are alarming, they occurred on different stretches of the road. All were one-car crashes in which the driver lost control and veered off the road.

Twice the speed; triple the alcohol

The driver of a van that slammed into pickup last week, killing a Mead woman, was drunk and speeding at the time of the crash, according to a search warrant.

Lucian G. Brisan, 29, faces a vehicular homicide charge for the Aug. 7 crash that killed Janice M. Pulliam, 57. 

Pulliam was helping a friend move when Brisan’s Plymouth Voyager crossed the center line on Magnesium Road near Market Street and struck her pick up head on about 2:30 p.m., according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s office. She died the next day.

Investigators say Brisan was driving 70 to 75 mph with a blood alcohol level of .23. The legal limit for driving is .08. The speed limit on that stretch of road is 35 mph.

Brisan remains in critical condition at Deaconess Medical Center.

A search warrant filed Wednesday in Spokane County Superior Court was used to obtain Brisan’s blood samples from Deaconess.

The hospital tested the sample, but police want to test the blood at the Washington State Toxicology Laboratory to ensure the results are admissible in court.