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Sirens & Gavels hit and run archive

TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012

Woman sentenced for fatal hit and run 

A 21-year-old woman who drove away after fatally striking a Spokane pedestrian earlier this year has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. Hannah K. Hahn is to serve 31 months behind bars with credit for 180 days already served. She pleaded guilty Friday...

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THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012

FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012

Ice cream used as excuse in Ark. crash

VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) — A woman accused of leaving the scene of a minor traffic crash in western Arkansas told police she did it because she didn't want her ice cream to melt. Van Buren police say one vehicle rear-ended another on Arkansas Highway...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012

A driver fled the scene of this crash at Mission and Greene this morning. (Spokane Police Department)

Deer Park man guilty of vehicular assault

Spokane police released this photo of the March 29 crash. A Deer Park man pleaded guilty today to a hit-and-run crash earlier this year that injured three people in Spokane. Christopher L. Smith, 52, told Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno that he blacked out when...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012

Prints on knife lead to hit-and-run arrest

Fingerprints on a knife left at the scene of a hit-and-run crash last September recently led police to identify a suspect. Michael L. Bridges, who was released from prison last year for another hit-and-run crash, is accused of crashing a Chevrolet Malibu into a vehicle...

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MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012

Boy arrested for DUI after police chase

A 17-year-old boy in a stolen van was arrested for drunken driving after running into a fast food restaurant, then disabling his front tires by running over a curb. The boy also faces charges of attempting to elude police, possession of a stolen vehicle, hit...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012

Cab driver accused of felony hit-and-run 

A cab driver is accused of hitting a pedestrian and driving away in downtown Spokane late Tuesday. Lucas M. Blum, 31, alias McElroy, was driving a white minivan when he struck a woman who was trying to cross Stevens Street while westbound on Sprague Avenue...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2012

$50k bond for suspect in fatal crash

A 21-year-old woman accused of leaving the scene of fatal drunken crash has been charged with two felonies. Hannah K. Hahn, 21, remains in jail on $50,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court today on charges of vehicular homicide and failure to remain at the...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2012

Driver in fatal pedestrian crash jailed

A 21-year-old vehicular homicide suspect who missed her court appearance on Monday is back in jail after turning herself in. Hannah Kay Hahn was arrested Tuesday at her lawyer’s office, KHQ-TV reports. She was booked into jail about 5:15 p.m. on charges of vehicular homicide...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2012

Herbal Essence owner ID'd in hit-and-run

A chef and restaurant owner turned himself in to jail for a hit-and-run crash that led to a manhunt involving a sheriff’s helicopter early Sunday. Ryan Michael Morales, owner of Herbal Essence Cafe, was jailed on felony charges of hit-and-run and three counts of vehicular...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2011

Suspect in fatal hit-and-run charged

An 18-year-old woman accused of leaving the scene of a crash that killed a bicyclist is to be arraigned on a felony charge next week. Megan C. Skillingstad is to appear before Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price on Sept. 19 at 10 a.m....

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TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2011

Helen Widener, wife of the bicyclist who died following a hit-and-run crash in June, says she is taking it day by day. A suspect has been identified but not charged. (Colin Mulvany)

Questions linger in fatal hit-and-run

Helen Widener, wife of the bicyclist who died following a hit-and-run crash in June, says she is taking it day by day. (SRPhoto/Colin Mulvany) For Helen Widener, the days haven’t gotten easier. When Spokane police first identified a suspect in the hit-and-run crash that led...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2011

Tips still sought in horse hit-and-run

Detectives are asking for the public's help to find a driver who seriously injured a horse and rider in a hit-and-run crash in North Idaho last week. Lauren Johnson, 20, and Rebecca Lobato, 21, were riding horses along the side of Garwood Road between Rimrock...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 23, 2011

Knife-wielding man crashes into Subway

A knife-wielding man was arrested Friday after a police chase ended with his car striking a Subway sandwich shop in downtown Spokane. Charles D. Fletcher, 43, is accused of waving a large hunting knife at passing motorists and scratching their cars while screaming near 9th...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 18, 2011

Rider, horse injured in hit-and-run

A North Idaho woman was seriously injured on Tuesday evening when a speeding pickup truck struck the horse she was riding north of Hayden. The driver fled the scene. Lauren Johnson, 20, was in fair condition Wednesday in the intensive care unit at Kootenai Medical...

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MONDAY, AUG. 8, 2011

Suspect identifed in fatal hit-and-run

A suspect has been identified in a June hit-and-run crash that led to a 66-year-old Spokane man’s death. Spokane police on Friday seized a 1996 Nissan Sentra that they believe 18-year-old Megan C. Skillingstad was driving when she struck Dennis Widener on June 23. Widener...

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THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011

Hit-and-run victim dies of heart attack

A north Spokane man who was injured in June by a hit-and-run driver died of a heart attack Wednesday Dennis Widener was struck while out exercising on his bicycle at Division Street and Garland Avenue about 5:45 a.m. on June 23. He was hospitalized at...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011

Reckless driver insults cop, gets away

A reckless driver who cut off a Washington State Patrol detective in the Hillyard area offered this assessment of the man, according to police: "You're a pussy." Detective M.C. Bambino said Justin Tyler Whitney, 30, yelled that at him from his 1981 Volkswagen pickup truck...

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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

Crashes lead to 2 hit-and-run charges

A 43-year-old Greenacres man is accused of crashing his pickup into a parked vehicle twice before witnesses followed him from the scene. Steven J. Bays was followed from the 14800 block of East Fourth Avenue by a witness who reported his red Ford truck's license...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011

Woman cited for hit and run in Valley

A Spokane Valley woman told police she was distracted by her 5-year-old son when she hit a pedestrian Saturday, then fled "because she was confused and scared," police said today. The man who was hit was sore but not injured, police said. Wendy E. Berg,...

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MONDAY, JAN. 10, 2011

Police to rehire Thoma after DUI change

A former Spokane police sergeant fired after a drunken hit-and-run crash has been offered a spot as a detective after a change in state law lifted his driving restrictions. City officials notified Bradley N. Thoma on Friday that he can return at the demoted level...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 4, 2011

Hit-and-run suspect released from jail 

A Spokane Valley driver is accused of hitting a teenage pedestrian then leaving the scene with his 10-year-old son in the truck is out of jail. Steven A. Black, 42, was released from jail on his own recognizance Monday after appearing before Superior Court Judge...

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MONDAY, JAN. 3, 2011

Left-behind license plate leads to arrest 

A Spokane Valley driver is accused of hitting a teenage pedestrian then leaving the scene with his 10-year-old son in the truck. Steven A. Black, 42, left behind the license plate to his 1996 Dodge pickup after he struck Cody Washburn, 18, about 3:15 a.m....

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TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2010

Victim's ex gets 9 mos. for hit-and-run

A man who left his former girlfriend for dead along the Pullman-Albion Road last November has been sentenced to nine months in jail after entering an Alford plea earlier this month.Richard Pasma, apologized to the family of Kristen Grindley before being sentenced, turning to face...

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