Crash victim out running errands, never came home


by & Hayley Guenthner

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 1:57 PM

SPOKANE -- Renee Smith was waiting for her husband to return from running some Sunday errands, when she got a knock on a door from the Spokane Police chaplain.

She was notified that her husband of more than 30 years was killed instantly by a driver police said was under the influence of meth.

Kevin Smith was driving his truck through the intersection of Helena and Empire when police say a driver in a Honda Civic blew through a stop sign and crashed into him.

Two passengers in the Civic were also seriously hurt.

Police said the driver, Bryan Storms, got out and tried to run away, but was caught by a witness and an officer.

Storms made his first court appearance Monday. He faces one count of Vehicular Homicide, two counts of Vehicular Assault, and one count of Hit and Run.

Renee believes Kevin was returning from the grocery store. A smashed egg carton and plastic bags were among the debris at the crash scene.

Smith said her husband was a good person, her best friend, and the love of her life. His was a talented artist and carver.

Kevin leaves behind a wife and two children.  He was just 53.

His family is planning a celebration of life service later this week.