Man found dead in road not hit-and-run victim

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 10:29 AM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.—Deputies say a man who was found dead in a Spokane Valley road over the weekend was not the victim of a hit-and-run.

A passerby found the body around 6:20 a.m. on Raymond near Mission.

He was wearing just a pair of shorts. A pair of shoes and blue jeans were found near his body. The man did not have identification on him, but police determined the man was Christopher Yukl, 25, thanks to unique tattoos.

Yukl had some road rash, leading police to believe he was struck and dragged by a vehicle. Autopsy results released Wednesday showed that was not how Yukl died.

Surveillance video from a nearby home shows Yukl being dropped near the intersection. He is conscious and standing until he falls to the ground a short time later.

Detectives are now awaiting toxicology results.

KREM 2 talked to Yukl back in 2006. Yukl told KREM 2 News he was asked to help kill the ex-girlfriend of a classmate in high school. "I remember the look in his eyes when he asked me, I looked at him it was like staring at the devil it was sick,” said Yukl.

Earlier that year Yukl pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, in the death of Bo Prigan. He served about two years in prison.

Anyone with information about Sunday’s case is asked to call detectives at 509-477-3786.

 

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