UPDATE: One Person Killed In Crash At Empire & HelenaPosted: Updated:
Spokane Police Department Press Release:
A fatality crash that occurred just before 12:30pm currently has roads closed in the area of Empire and Helena. They are expected to re-open around 6pm. One person is in custody for one count of Vehicular Homicide and two counts of Vehicular Assault.
Today, shortly before 12:30pm, officers responded to a collision at the intersection of Helena/Empire. Witnesses say a black Honda Civic was northbound on Helena at a high rate of speed. The Civic failed to stop for the stop sign at Empire and collided with a Ford pickup. The driver of the pickup was killed instantly. Officers and a citizen were in a brief foot pursuit with the driver of the Civic, thirty-eight year old Bryan J. Storms. He was taken into custody without further incident and is being treated at an area hospital. Storms' two passengers, one male and one female, suffered serious injuries and were both transported to the hospital.
A Drug Recognition Expert from Washington State Patrol responded as a part of the initial investigation. Storms will be booked into Spokane County Jail on one count of Vehicular Homicide and two counts of Vehicular Assault.
Currently Empire is still closed from Perry to Pittsburg and Helena is closed from Providence to Garland. We expect to reopen roads by around 6pm.
Once again, because of alert citizens who assisted officers arriving on scene, we were able to make a swift apprehension in this case. Your police department thanks you!
SPOKANE, Wash. - Emergency responders were called to Empire & Helena for a fatal multi-vehicle collision Sunday afternoon.
This story is developing and as soon as we get any additional information we will be sure to update this story.