Driver involved in fatal I-90 crash has lengthy criminal history

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. --- The driver of a street sweeper vehicle involved in a fatal crash on Interstate 90 has a lengthy criminal history, according to court records.

The Thursday crash near Liberty Lake on I-90 killed Laura Lafferty, 71, of Rathdrum, and seriously injured her son, Richard Lafferty, 50.

Washington State Patrol officers said a street sweeper going west on the freeway changed to the left lane striking the right side of another vehicle, driven by Lafferty. Her vehicle then hit a median, climbed the barrier and struck the up right for the overpass. Officials said the car went airborne and was hit by a third car. 

There is no evidence to suggest the crash was anything more than an accident, but KREM 2 learned the driver of one of the street sweeper, has a lengthy criminal history.

Back in 2008, a judge sentenced the street sweeper driver, Steven Roche, to four years in prison for forgery and identity theft. Then, in June, Roche was ordered to pay $15,000 for theft and forgery.

Troopers said Thursday that Roche, 31, had been cooperative with them following the crash. Officials said he did not show any signs of being under the influence and his blood was not tested after the collision.

Officials told KREM 2 it is unlikely Roche will face any criminal charges related to the crash.

Richard Lafferty, as of Friday, was still in intensive care at Sacred Heart Medical Center in “satisfactory” condition. 


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