Two dead in Airway Heights hit and run

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Two pedestrians killed in hit and run on West Trails Road, just east of N. Flint Road on April 29, according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office press release.

The adult female suspect, Megan Skillingstad, woman 29, was arrested and charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of hit-and-run, according to the sheriff’s department report. She is being held in county jail with a $250,000 total bond.

Sheriff’s Deputies and traffic unit investigators responded to a hit-and-run scene where two adult pedestrians, trying to get names, were found dead on the side of the road. About 40 minutes later, the suspected impaired driver and her damaged vehicle were located in the area.

Deputies began the investigation and located tire marks on the soft shoulder of the roadway and vehicle crash debris, including a Washington license plate, sheriff’s department report read.

A second caller reported a dark-colored pickup truck in a ditch on North Old Trails Road just south of West Trails Road. A Deputy responded to the scene, located the GMC pickup truck and made contact with the adult female driver, Skillingstad, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. The damage to the front of the truck was consistent with the known collision information, and the truck’s license plate matched the one found at the crash scene, according to the sheriff’s department report.

The sheriff’s department investigation indicates that the truck was traveling west on West Trails Road as it approached a curve to the left at North Flint Road.

Skillingstad was unable to negotiate the curve, left the road and struck the two pedestrian victims, either in the ditch or along the edge of the roadway and continued, striking several fence posts before coming to a stop, the sheriff’s department report said.

Skillingstad managed to get back onto the road and fled the scene eastbound.

Skillingstad consented to field sobriety evaluations and was later arrested for two counts of Vehicular Homicide and two counts of Hit/Run. A search warrant was granted, and a sample of Skillingstad’s blood was obtained for later testing. Skillingstad was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for four felony charges.


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