Court Docs: Spokane Valley vehicular homicide suspect was drunk


Spokane Valley crash car vs motorcycleNewly-released court documents show the woman who struck and killed a motorcyclist in Spokane Valley last week had a blood-alcohol level of more than double the legal limit and had just dropped her child off at school. 

According to court documents, 40-year-old Elizabeth L. Turner-Murphy was trying to cross Pines on Grace and hit a motorcyclist. According to the Spokesman-Review, 35-year-old Valarie M. Daly of Spokane died as a result of her injuries. 

Troopers say Turner-Murphy told investigators she had not consumed any alcohol on the morning of the crash. She agreed to field sobriety tests, which Troopers say she failed. Troopers administered two preliminary breath tests: the first result came back as .201% and the second was .172%.  Washington's legal limit for blood alcohol concentration is .08%

Turner-Murphy was arrested on a charge of vehicular homicide. A search of the Spokane County Jail inmate roster shows she has been released. 

(story and photo: KHQ.com)

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