Update: One former Fairchild airman was killed after Washington State Patrol troopers say another man, driving under the influence, crashed into him. Veteran, Ryan Labreck, was 36-years-old.
According to court records, he was driving Wednesday morning, when his car was hit from behind. He started spinning unexpectedly into on-coming traffic, only to be struck again by another car.
Court documents said the man who caused this crash, Thomas Aripa, couldn't recall the details leading to this deadly incident. Police say they could smell alcohol on his breath, and he had an outstanding warrant for a DUI hit and run.
Aripa was arrested, making this his 3rd DUI charge, and the most serious of the bunch.
His lawyer recommended his bond be set at $50,000 saying her client wasn't a flight risk. But his record, shows otherwise.
The 45-year-old has had 2 felonies, 15 misdemeanors and 11 failures to appear.
The judge, citing those numbers, denied his lawyer's request, setting his bond at half a million dollars.
Ryan's twin brother posted to Facebook saying he's angry that his "better half" was taken, but doesn't want that to be mistaken as hate towards Aripa.
Previous coverage: A 36-year-old Spokane man was killed in a three-vehicle DUI crash Wednesday morning in Airway Heights.
Washington State Patrol says around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday a Dodge Caravan was traveling westbound on Highway 2 when it struck a Subaru Crosstrek stopped in a turn lane, which was forced into eastbound traffic and struck by a Ford F350 pickup.
The driver of the Subaru, Ryan Labreck, was pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin has been notified.
The driver of the Ford pickup, 28-year-old Zachary Reisenauer, sustained non life-threatening injuries as did 28-year-old Cynthia Reisenauer and two juvenile passengers. Each occupant of the Ford pickup was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center.
WSP says the driver of the Dodge Caravan, 45-year-old Thomas Aripa of Nespelem, faces vehicular homicide charges as drugs or alcohol were determined to be the cause of the crash.
The driver who WSP says caused a fatal three-vehicle crash in Airway Heights is in custody for vehicular homicide.
Washington State Patrol says the suspect will be booked into the Spokane County Jail for vehicular homicide charges as well as outstanding warrants for DUI and hit & run incidents.
The collision on Highway 2 near Christensen Rd. left one person dead and hospitalized five others with non life-threatening injuries.
Eastbound lanes have reopened late Wednesday morning following then investigation.
Original Story: A three-car crash on Highway 2 in Airway Heights left one dead and five injured Wednesday morning.
The accident occurred right before 8 a.m. near Christensen Road on Highway 2. Washington State Patrol has confirmed one person has died, while five more were hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries.
A fatal car accident happened this morning right before 8am on HWY 2 near Christensen Rd. One person is dead, 5 others were transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. 3 cars were involved in the crash. @KHQLocalNews @Fox28_Spokane pic.twitter.com/aTDCjJpW7j— Grace Chapin (@KHQGraceChapin) December 19, 2018
Washington State Patrol Trooper Sevigney says they are investigating possible impairment in the causing driver.
Detours were in place until about 11:20 a.m. Wednesday morning when WSP reopened all eastbound lanes on Highway 2.
US2 at Christensen fatal crash will have intersection closed. Detour is in place.— Trooper J. Sevigney (@wspd4pio) December 19, 2018
5 other occupants transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
Troopers investigating possible impairment in causing driver. pic.twitter.com/47w0FCATTU