Mother blames hospital medications for positive drug test



Posted on January 10, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 10 at 9:38 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The lawyer of a mother whose daughter was struck and killed by a car in North Spokane said a new test proves she was not on meth at the time of the crash.

On October 18, Sarah Burrows Roberts was walking with her two children across a busy intersection when a car hit all three of them.  Witnesses of the crash said the  mom and her two kids were not using a crosswalk. Court records showed one woman who saw everything told officers the driver had no time to stop and was going between 30 and 35 miles per hour.

The crash killed 5-year-old Elayna Burrows-Gust and critically hurt her mother and older brother. 

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Court records filed shortly after the crash indicated hospital staff found meth in Roberts’ system.

During a custody hearing Friday, her lawyer told the court a blood test conducted by the Spokane Police Department proves that the hospital findings were wrong.

“The toxicology reports came back on December 17 of 2013 and according to Cpl. Carr of Spokane Police, my client Sarah had no illegal drugs, no meth in her system,” said Attorney Mark Callen.

Roberts’ husband said the only reason the three ran into traffic in the first place is that the little girl was chasing the family dog that got off his leash. Roberts was just trying to bring her back to safe, according to the husband.

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Roberts said she believes she tested positive for meth in the hospital’s test because of medication she was given at the hospital just after the crash.

Roberts said she was notified she will not face any charges for the crash this week. Spokane Police were unable to comment on these developments.