Spokane County Sheriff's Department Press Release:
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Saturday evening around 7:53 pm, deputies responded to the area of Maringo Drive just west of Argonne Road on the report of a female child being struck by a hit and run vehicle. Upon arriving on scene, deputies learned a 2-year-old girl was riding in a bicycle carrier trailer, with a bicycle helmet on, when a suspected drunk driver came around the corner off of Argonne Road at a high rate of the speed, crossing over onto the wrong side of the roadway, and literally ran over the trailer. The vehicle never stopped and immediately fled the scene.
A witness was following behind the suspected drunk driver, who was operating a 2003 Honda Element. The witness followed the Honda to the Pasadena Apartment complex, which is located in the north 4700 block of Pasadena Lane. The witness blocked the suspect in with his vehicle and then confronted the suspect, asking if he had any idea what he just did. The suspect, who appeared intoxicated to the witness, just replied with a profanity. The suspect briefly went into an apartment, but then came right back out. It was around this time that deputies arrived on scene at the apartment complex.
The suspect, identified as 22 year-old Timmy N. Nguyen of Spokane, did not want to answer questions and kept asking if he was under arrest, as he was a Gonzaga law student. Through the deputies' investigation, Nguyen was subsequently arrested for felony hit and run and vehicular assault. He was taken to a local hospital for a blood draw. These blood samples will be sent to the state toxicology laboratory in Seattle and it will take around a month to receive the results of the toxicology analysis. After obtaining Nguyen's blood sample, he was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for the aforementioned felonies.
The 2-year-old girl remains in serious condition at a local hospital's ICU with a skull and wrist fracture, but is doing well and expected to recover. Deputies at the scene reported the girl's bicycle helmet was basically blown apart due to the collision with the Honda. While the little girl did receive serious injuries, the hospital doctors commented had the girl not been wearing a helmet, the outcome would likely have been fatal. Once again, this is another reminder for all users of the road to always wear the appropriate safety equipment, i.e. bicycle helmet, seatbelts, etc.