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Hospital: passenger in Maple St. Bridge crash dies

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Doctors told police they don't believe the woman hurt in the crash will make a full recovery. Doctors told police they don't believe the woman hurt in the crash will make a full recovery.
Police believe Christopher Nelson was driving drunk at the time of the crash Wednesday morning. Police believe Christopher Nelson was driving drunk at the time of the crash Wednesday morning.
Booking photo for 27-year-old Christopher Nelson Booking photo for 27-year-old Christopher Nelson
SPOKANE, Wash. -

UPDATE: The hospital says the passenger in Wednesday morning's crash on the Maple St. Bridge has died.

UPDATE: The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says Christopher Nelson, the man police say is responsible for a crash on the Maple Street Bridge, did not have the legal right to drive Tuesday night because his driver's license was suspended.

Sheriff's deputies say Nelson was released from the Kootenai County Jail around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday after serving time for driving with a suspended license.

Deputies say they arrested Nelson Monday afternoon for the crime, but he bonded out roughly seven hours before the crash, which doctors say has critically injured his mother.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: New court documents filed Wednesday show that doctors do not believe the woman who was badly hurt in a crash on the Maple Street Bridge will make a full recovery from her injuries. Those documents also say she is the mother of the driver, 27-year-old Christopher Nelson.

One witness to the crash told police officers that he met Nelson and his mother at a grocery store in West Spokane around 1 a.m. Wednesday. The witness told officers that at the time, he smelled alcohol on Nelson's breath.

Documents say the witness then saw Nelson, with his mother sitting in the front passenger seat, drive off.

Minutes later the same witness says he saw Nelson's car crashed on the Maple Street bridge, with Nelson screaming his mother's name while standing outside of the passenger side door.

Officers say when they arrived, they found Nelson's mother unconscious inside the car. According to court documents, medics told officers that she was in "very critical condition."

Police say while they were talking to Nelson at the site of the crash, they noticed that Nelson smelled like alcohol. Officers say he also had red and watery eyes, and he was having trouble standing up straight.

Court documents say Nelson told police he was drinking before he got in the car. Officers say a portable breath test showed Nelson's blood alcohol content level was 0.149, nearly twice the legal limit.

Nelson was charged with vehicular assault.

Investigators believe Nelson's car slid for more than 350 feet before crashing into the concrete bridge support.

Officers say when they spoke with doctors at the hospital, doctors told them that Nelson's mother had "an extremely bad brain injury" and they do not believe she will make a full recovery from her injuries.

Nelson appeared in court Wednesday afternoon. He is being held in the Spokane County Jail on $10,000 bond. Prosecutors asked for a bond amount of $100,000.

Nelson is scheduled to be back in court Oct. 21.
 

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