The driver in a fatal vehicle-bicycle accident on June 20 has been charged with one count of vehicular homicide and is being held in the Stevens County Jail on $100,000 bail, according to court records.
Amber R. Fast, 28, was driving southbound on HWY 395 near Indian Ridge Road at 11:20 p.m. on June 20 when she allegedly hit Jason M. Chambers, 31, who was riding a bicycle on the side of the road in the southbound lane. The collision killed Chambers and threw the bicycle into the guardrail on the other side of the road.
Fast pulled over and flagged down another driver, asking him to call 911 and saying she had hit a deer, according to court documents. When Washington State Patrol officers arrived at the scene they noted that Fast smelled “strongly” of intoxicants and said she had hit a deer, not a person, despite a hole in the windshield on the right hand side of the vehicle and other evidence that a person had been hit.
Fast refused a field sobriety test and a warrant had to be obtained from Stevens County Superior Court Judge Pat Monasmith for a blood test to check for intoxicants. Fast is being charged with one count of vehicular homicide. A trial is currently schedule for August 15.
By Jamie Henneman/The Independent Staff