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Investigators comb car for clues in deadly crash

By Jeff Humphrey, KXLY4 Reporter , jeffhu@kxly.com
Published On: Feb 14 2013 07:46:53 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 14 2013 08:04:48 PM CST
Bag of meth found in Bryan Storms' car
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The man suspected of causing a fatal hit and run collision in north Spokane last Sunday had borrowed a friend's car to score some methamphetamine, according to passengers who were left injured in the car when the driver attempted to flee the scene.

Those passengers inside the speeding Honda told police investigators that Bryan Storms was high on meth at the time of crash. Now investigators are using some clever techniques to insure Storms is convicted of vehicular homicide. In order to win a conviction, police have to put him behind the wheel of the Honda as well as prove he was driving recklessly.

One of the items they found inside the Honda was a bag of white powder that later tested positive for methamphetamine.

"At this point we'll have to fingerprint the meth and determine who was the owner, but certainly Storms could be facing charges for controlled substance," Spokane Police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said.

Storms is already charged with vehicular homicide. Even though a half dozen witnesses say they saw him crash into the victim's pickup, Police Corporal Mike Carr has to physically confirm Storms was behind the wheel. That's why Carr has seized the Honda's airbags.

"Corporal Carr was able to remove the airbags and certainly there's going to be trace DNA evidence on them that we will submit, and that again would just solidify who was driving at the time, who was ultimately responsible for that crash," DeRuwe said.

Carr also has to prove the collision that killed Kevin Smith was no accident. The corporal needs to show Storms was speeding; witnesses have said he was driving anywhere from 50 to 100 miles an hour at the time of the crash/

Fortunately, cars made on an assembly line crunch and crumple exactly the same way, so after certain damage measurements are taken from the vehicles involved, a crush analysis will tell Carr just how fast Storms was going.

"We want to make sure our investigation is as complete and thorough as humanly possible," DeRuwe said. "Things like that we'll put together into our case and hopefully when it goes in front of a jury justice will be served."

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