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Ohio man will face vehicular homicide charge in Trent crash that killed Montana resident

UPDATED: Tue., June 30, 2020

A man from Ohio is expected to face a vehicular homicide charge in a crash that killed a man from Montana Monday evening in Spokane Valley.

Josiah B. Stoke, 22, of Blacklick, Ohio, was driving west in a 1998 Volkswagen Jetta at high speed on Trent Avenue near University Road at about 7:45 p.m. when the crash occurred, according to a Washington State Patrol news release.

Stoke’s Jetta struck a 2001 Chevrolet pickup that was turning onto Trent from Butler Road. Before hitting the truck, Stoke attempted to brake, leaving a 200-foot-long skid mark in the road, according to court documents.

The driver of the second vehicle, Matthew D. Mischenko, 36, of Troy, Montana, was pronounced dead on scene.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, WSP said.

Stoke’s breath smelled strongly of intoxicants, according to court records. Stokes told someone with American Medical Response he had been drinking, court records say.

Stoke was ejected from his vehicle during the crash. He was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. The state patrol indicated drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash and that Stoke will face a charge of vehicular homicide.

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