Ofc. Michael Huffman
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 12:53 p.m.
Spokane Police suspect cannabis use in a serious injury collision in Northeast Spokane. The driver of the suspect vehicle is charged with Vehicular Assault and DUI.
On 06/20/2021 at 8:45 P.M, Spokane Police Officers responded to a two vehicle collision involving a three wheel motorcycle at the intersection of Nevada St and Empire Ave. During the investigation SPD learned the motorcycle was traveling northbound on Nevada St turning onto Empire Ave. As the motorcycle was turning onto Empire, the driver slowed down for a pedestrian who was in the middle of the crosswalk crossing the roadway.
As the motorcycle stopped in the intersection, another vehicle driving southbound on Nevada St, collided with the motorcycle, causing serious injuries to its rider. Due to the injuries, the Spokane Police Department called out its Major Crimes traffic unit to assist with the investigation. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Another victim, who was the passenger of the car was also transported to a local hospital to be evaluated. Fortunately the pedestrian walking in the crosswalk was uninjured
The driver of the vehicle, identified as 25 year old Kevin Morris was showing signs of impairment at the scene. One of the departments Drug Recognition Expert was called to help evaluate Morris. Probable cause was determined that Morris was impaired by cannabis. Once Morris was cleared by the hospital, he was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Vehicular Assault and DUI.
As the weather is getting warmer more people are walking and riding motorcycles. SPD wants to remind drivers to pay special attention for motorcycles and pedestrians as sometimes they can be difficult to see. SPD would like to remind the community to be mindful of the rules of the road and avoid operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.