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Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said Friday he fully supports Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick's decision to forward homicide allegations involving the River Park Square garage to the FBI. Former Pend Oreille County Sheriff Tony Bamonte sent a letter dated Aug. 18 to Kirkpatrick and Knezovich urging them to open a manslaughter investigation into last year's death of Jo Ellen Savage, who died after her car hit a barrier and fell from the garage's fifth floor on April 8, 2006.
A former Pend Oreille County sheriff believes manslaughter charges should be filed in connection with the death of a woman whose car plunged from the River Park Square parking garage last year.
A female bicyclist was in serious condition Tuesday night after she hit a car at the intersection of 13th Avenue and South Pittsburg Street, a police spokeswoman said. Just after 5 p.m., the bicyclist and the car arrived at the intersection at the same time, and she pedaled forward, Officer Tracie Meidl said.
A 62-year-old Greenacres man was seriously injured in a fiery crash that closed Highway 53 west of Rathdrum for hours Monday morning. Aaron Davaz crossed the centerline in a 2004 Dodge Dakota pickup around 8:45 a.m. and hit a cattle truck nearly head on, Idaho State Police Lt. Chris Schenck said.
Washington State Patrol Officer Nicholas Hopper describes a Monday morning garbage truck crash.
With the sound of screeching tires, breaking glass and twisting metal, a story is embedded in the tire skid marks and impact zones of every vehicle accident. For the past two weeks the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has been teaching regional law enforcement officers the advanced skills and methods in crash investigation. These new skills will help them solve serious injury or fatality related accidents in the future.
Seven months after a woman died when her car fell from the River Park Square parking garage, construction will start to prevent future failures of the structure's walls. The city of Spokane approved the mall's plans to make the improvements and issued a building permit for the work on Wednesday.
The city of Spokane told River Park Square officials Friday that the mall's plans to strengthen the walls of its garage are incomplete. The city's building department said it would not approve the building permit for construction until River Park Square provides more calculations and test results about the strength of the walls, according to a letter signed by city Inspector Supervisor Dan Skindzier and sent to the mall's general manager, Rob McOmie.
The insurance company representing River Park Square garage has reached a settlement with the family of a woman who died when her Subaru fell from the structure's fifth floor in April. Robert Rembert, the attorney who represents the family of Jo Ellen Savage, of Pullman, confirmed the settlement Tuesday.
River Park Square officials announced Friday that they will strengthen the mall's parking garage by attaching steel rods and plates to outside-facing walls. The announcement comes four months after a Pullman woman died when her Subaru went through a barrier on the fifth floor and 13 years after an engineer suggested erecting cables along the sides to prevent cars from hitting the concrete barriers.
Half of the barriers on the first seven floors of the River Park Square Parking garage – including one that collapsed earlier this year when hit by a car – do not meet current concrete standards set in the building code, according to an engineering report released Wednesday by the city of Spokane.
Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker has declined to ask a grand jury to investigate whether criminal charges should result from the death of a woman whose car fell from the River Park Square parking garage in April. Former City Councilman Stephen Eugster requested Tucker take action, arguing that engineering and other reports show that officials knew before the April incident that the barriers could fail.
An attorney representing the family of a woman who died when her car fell from the River Park Square garage sharply criticized mall officials Wednesday for failing to take the advice of a 1993 engineering report. In response to barriers cracking after being hit by cars, the report suggested conducting a more thorough look at the barriers or to add steel cable to the sides to prevent cars from hitting the concrete.
More than a decade before a Pullman woman died when her car drove through a barrier on the fifth level of the River Park Square garage, an engineer expressed concern about the sturdiness of the walls.
A Spokane County Superior Court judge has scheduled a hearing at 1:30 p.m. June 6 to examine the River Park Square parking garage. The hearing before Judge Kathleen OConnor was granted at the request of former Spokane City Councilman Stephen Eugster, who has argued that parking spaces in the garage facing the outside should be closed until the sides are reinforced.
The River Park Square garage is closing off parking in rows that face Spokane Falls Boulevard while the owners test the concrete barriers at the end of the spaces. A spokeswoman for the garage said Monday portions of the row of parking spaces in front of all of the barriers, called spandrels, will remain closed for an undetermined length of time. That would affect slightly less than a fourth of the spaces in the main garage structure, but none in the parking beneath Nordstrom.
River Park Square officials said Wednesday that safety improvements will be considered to prevent another car from falling from the mall's garage. However, they stressed that any changes would be voluntary because an initial study shows the garage meets building code.
The concrete barrier that motorist Jo Ellen Savage hit in last month's fatal accident in the River Park Square parking garage exceeds building code requirements, according to a Seattle engineering firm that inspected the barrier for the garage's owner.
Spokane attorney Steve Eugster wants a grand jury to investigate whether any criminal charges should be brought in the fatal plunge of a car out of the River Park Square garage. Eugster, a former Spokane city councilman who said he was acting as a concerned citizen, sent a letter Friday to County Prosecutor Steve Tucker and the county's Superior Court judges, requesting a grand jury be convened.