Ofc. Teresa Fuller, 509.835.4568, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 1:32 p.m.
Spokane Police Traffic Investigators were called to two separate serious collisions yesterday. In the first collision a motorcyclist sustained serious injuries, including broken bones, but is expected to survive. In the second collision a bicyclist was killed. Drivers in both collisions appeared to be impaired and will be facing charges.
Spokane Police officers responded to a collision involving a pickup truck and a motorcycle just before 4:30pm yesterday, 07/15/2015, at the intersection of Hamilton and Augusta. The preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of the truck, Jason M. Pederson (35), was southbound on Hamilton and attempted to turn eastbound on Augusta. The motorcyclist was northbound on Hamilton and was struck by Pederson as he made a left turn across the northbound lanes.
The motorcyclist sustained numerous broken bones, including a broken hip, in the crash. Initial information also indicated Pederson’s ability to drive was impaired by drugs and/or alcohol. Pederson was booked into Spokane County Jail for Vehicular Assault.
Spokane Police officers responded to a collision involving a pickup truck and a bicyclist just after 7:00pm yesterday, 07/15/2015, near the intersection of Mission and Rebecca. The preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of the truck was westbound on Mission and drifted across the median, across eastbound lanes, and hit a brick wall. The truck hit then the bicyclist who was westbound on the sidewalk on the south side of Mission. The bicyclist was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the truck was also transported to a local hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. There were also indications his ability to drive was impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. He will face Vehicular Homicide charges once released from the hospital and will also be booked for an unrelated warrant.
The bicyclist’s identity and cause of death will be released by the Spokane Medical Examiner’s Office.