An erratic and possibly impaired driver is to blame for a fatal crash in Spokane Valley.
On Wednesday around 5:30 pm. Washington State Patrol said 43-year-old Brett Birge was behind the wheel of a black Volkswagen driving westbound on Trent when he crossed the center line and ran head on into another car.
WSP said the driver of the other car, 21-year-old Brittany Babinski, died a short time later at a local hospital.
"The suspect vehicle was reported as being erratic, passing on the right, lost control, went into oncoming lanes, struck victim vehicle and a third party was also struck," said Sgt. Lennie Walker with WSP.
Sgt. Lennie Walker said Birge was also involved in a hit and run in the Fred Meyer parking lot on Sullivan a few minutes before the fatal crash.
Birge was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
"He's under investigation for alcohol and or drugs at this point," said Sgt. Walker.
Birge has been charged with vehicular homicide.