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Reckord to plead guilty for deadly hit-and-run

By Jeff Humphrey, KXLY4 Reporter , jeffhu@kxly.com
Published On: Oct 29 2012 05:33:34 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 29 2012 09:05:22 PM CDT
Scott Reckord
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A Spokane Valley businessman suspected of running over a cyclist in a alcohol-related crash will plead guilty to a vehicular homicide charge Tuesday in Spokane superior court.

In March 2010, Scott Reckord was turning from Division onto westbound Sprague Avenue when he ran over 56-year-old David Squires in the crosswalk. Despite the impact and sounds of the crash, witnesses say Reckord kept on driving.

Bobbi Curtis and her son Dathan took after Reckord, but not before her husband Jeff got out of their vehicle and started performing first aid on Squires.

"Looked like the back of the truck tire ran over his head and I jumped out of the truck and ran over here and started to help him and he wasn't conscious," Jeff Curtis said.

While Bobbi drove off in pursuit of Reckord, Dathan got on the phone and called 9-1-1.

The Curtis' said they sped west on Sprague and turned right onto Washington. By that point Reckord's truck was passing underneath Riverfront Park in the Washington Street tunnel. Only at this point, nearly a mile from the crash, did he turn around and start heading back to the crime scene.

Police say Reckord failed a sobriety test and was arrested. Shortly afterward Bobbi Curtis related why she had chased after him.

"I saw that this guy in this truck was not going to stop. He knew he had hit somebody and he was going to try and get away with it," she said.

Now, two-and-a-half years later, the testimony of the Curtis family won't be necessary with Reckord's guilty plea, which gives some closure to Squires' family.

"Everybody will be glad to see a closure to this. It's very painful to bring any of it up to the family, to my three boys. We're glad to see a closure to it," Michele Squires said.

Reckord faces anywhere from 31 to 41 months in prison.

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