Vehicular homicide suspect faces judge for Empire crash



Posted on February 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 11 at 7:01 PM

SPOKANE-- A man who tried to flee the scene after a deadly crash in North Spokane Sunday afternoon made his first appearance in court Monday.

Officals say Bryan Storms, 38, faces one count of Vehicular Homicide, two counts of Vehicular Assault, hit and run and this isn't his first infraction.

Storms has had 19 infractions involving driving with a suspended liscense 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 plead guilty to an eluding charge and harassment.

Storm's most recent incident happened around 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Empire and Helena.

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, Kevin Smith, 53,  died at the scene. Smith's loved ones say he was just out that day to pick up groceries for his wife.

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. Storms was taken into custody. Police said he was not cooperative.

Two passengers in Storm’s Honda Civic were transported to the hospital in critical condition. Police said the passengers are expected to survive.

Officers said Storms was booked into the Spokane County Jail after he was released from the hospital where he was treated for wounds from the crash.