i have a 97 RAV4 with 200k miles. I was driving 4 days ago and my engine died at highway speeds for about 3 seconds and kicked back on. 2 days ago it died at the intersection right by my house as I was leaving. Today it has been stuttering (and check engine light blinking) while driving. I parked it and revved the engine from under the hood (didn't hear or see anything) and now it won't start. I replaced the fuel pump and relay 3 months ago.

often a bad distributor kills those. If you have no spark, replace the dist with a new aftermarket one. But of course check for a broken timing belt first

belts are fine and I took the spark plugs out to check them. turned the key without plugs in the motor and didn't smell gas... shouldn't I smell gas?