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Tuesday, June 2, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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$250,000 bond for driver in fatal bike crash

Bond is set at $250,000 for the driver of the pickup truck that fatally struck a bicyclist Wednesday in North Spokane.

Robert G. Hargrave, 27, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on Friday and appeared in Superior Court on Monday. He faces a vehicular homicide charge for the death of Baltazar Gonzalez-Hernandez, 45, who had been riding his bike on Mission Avenue.

Hargrave was driving west on Mission near Rebecca Street around 7 p.m. when the truck veered across the median and the eastbound lanes, hitting Gonzalez-Hernandez and a brick wall.

Hargrave reportedly told investigators he smokes marijuana every night before bed to help him sleep, according to court documents. He was evaluated by a drug recognition expert who said he believed Hargrave was under the influence of a drug.

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