“Married Couple Killed in Fatal Crash; Driver Charged in Deaths”

By | August 18, 2023



A married couple, Michaele Zadekian and Steven Harnasch, died in a three-vehicle crash on East Trent Avenue. The driver responsible for the collision, Kelly Dockins, has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide. Witnesses reported that Dockins collided with a Mitsubishi Lancer and pushed it into an Avista Utilities commercial vehicle. Dockins admitted to causing the crash and showed signs of impairment. He remains in jail on a $100,000 bond. Zadekian was a registered nurse and is survived by three sons and four grandchildren. SpokesmanReview reported

The photograph above depicts the aftermath of a tragic incident that occurred on East Trent Avenue, where two individuals lost their lives in a three-vehicle collision. The victims, Michaele Zadekian, 53, and Steven Harnasch, 44, were a married couple residing in Spokane, as evidenced by their Facebook profiles. The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that both Zadekian and Harnasch succumbed to severe blunt force injuries affecting various parts of their bodies.

The driver held responsible for causing this fatal accident is Kelly Dockins, aged 45, who now faces charges of vehicular homicide. According to witnesses, Dockins was driving a Ford Explorer when he pulled out of the SERVPRO driveway on East Trent Avenue. While doing so, he collided with a silver Mitsubishi Lancer traveling westbound. The impact forced the Mitsubishi in front of an Avista Utilities commercial vehicle, resulting in a secondary collision. Witnesses stated that Dockins, visibly distraught, approached the Mitsubishi after the incident, exclaiming distressingly, “Oh my god, they’re dead.”

The accounts given by witnesses align with the physical evidence observed by a police officer at the scene. The officer noted significant damage to the front-end of both the Ford and Avista vehicles, as well as extensive damage throughout the Mitsubishi, further strengthening the witness statements.

Dockins admitted to authorities that he was responsible for the crash and confirmed the witnesses’ descriptions of the events leading up to it. He recounted that as he began pulling his car out of the gravel parking area of SERVPRO, he checked both directions before entering Trent Avenue. However, he accidentally struck a westbound vehicle, causing it to swerve and lose control before colliding with another vehicle.

During their investigation, the police officer noticed minor abrasions on Dockins’ head and forehead. Dockins claimed to feel dizzy, but medical professionals determined that he did not require immediate medical attention. When questioned about drug use, Dockins denied consuming cannabis that day but admitted to using cannabis concentrate on occasions when he does partake.

Based on field sobriety tests, the police concluded that Dockins was impaired at the time of the incident. Consequently, he was transported to MultiCare Deaconess Hospital for medical clearance. While at the hospital, Dockins exercised his Miranda rights when asked about central nervous system stimulants. Subsequently, the police obtained a warrant to conduct a blood test on Dockins.

Dockins is presently detained in jail on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday before Spokane County Superior Court Judge Timothy Fennessy. In tribute to Michaele Zadekian, her obituary reveals that she was a registered nurse and a loving mother to three sons, with four grandchildren. Zadekian had a passion for photography, enjoyed motorcycle rides, and cherished her dogs..