Jury convicts Bryan Storms of vehicular homicide along Helena

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 6:11 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—A jury ruled Tuesday afternoon that Bryan Storms, 39, was guilty of vehicular homicide leaving the scene of a fatal crash.

Storms was driving in February 2013 when he hit and killed Kevin Smith.

Smith’s widow was in court Tuesday for the verdict. She told KREM 2 News that she was nervous to hear what jurors had decided. Smith’s widow said he was loved by so many. After hearing the verdict, Smith’s wife said she is grateful Storms will not be able to inflict pain on any other families for years.    

Police said Storms was driving north on Helena when he blew through a stop sign, and hit a truck headed west on Empire. The driver of the truck was Smith, 53. He died at the scene. Smith's loved ones say he was just out that day to pick up groceries for his wife.

Storms stood emotionless as he heard his verdict.

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Officers said immediately after crashing, Storms got out of his car and tried to run away. An officer -- who was already in the area -- and a witness ran after Storms and caught him.

Prior to his conviction on Tuesday, Storms has had 19 infractions involving driving with a suspended license and his criminal history dates back 18 years. This includes convictions for more than a dozen felonies. Storms has plead guilty to possession of stolen property back in 1995 and in 2000 he was busted for meth. He also pleaded guilty to an eluding charge and harassment.

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