Trial starts for man charged with hitting and killing Kevin Smith



Posted on February 11, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 11 at 11:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--A man was headed to the grocery store on a Sunday afternoon in February of 2013 to pick up eggs and milk for his family. That is when he was hit and killed by a driver that investigators said was impaired. Kevin Smith, a husband and a father, was killed instantly.

Investigators said Bryan Storms was driving the car that hit Smith’s truck that day in North Spokane.

Storms’ trial got underway on Tuesday.    

The groceries Smith had gotten for his wife were scattered everywhere on the day of the wreck.

Smith’s family was in the courtroom on Tuesday. They were anxious and hopeful that justice would be served.

Those who knew Smith said he loved his wife and sons dearly.

Storms was able to run from the scene but was caught two blocks away.

Prosecutors said Storms had drugs in his system. The defense said the case is not what it seems.

READ: Drugs found in fatal hit-and-run suspect’s truck

The first witness took the stand Tuesday.
Storms had two passengers in the car with him at the time of the crash. Both were critically injured, but pulled through.

Documents showed a search of the Honda that Storms was driving turned up meth. The defense said there was no proof it belonged to Storms.

Storms is charged with Vehicular Homicide, two counts of Vehicular Assault and leaving the scene of a fatal crash.