Cpl. Teresa Fuller
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 9:01 p.m.
The Spokane Police Department Major Crimes Collision Investigators have closed the intersection of Ruby and North Foothills while they process the scene of a serious vehicle vs. pedestrian collision. At this time, the adult male pedestrian’s condition is stable. It appears the pedestrian may have some broken bones, but is alert and speaking with officers while being treated at an area hospital.
This evening, November 14, 2017, just after 7:00pm, Spokane Police responded to the report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash at North Foothills and Ruby. The first report from medics was that the pedestrian had received potentially life-threatening injuries during the collision. He was transported to an area hospital where he later gained consciousness and was able to start speaking to officers.
Witnesses on scene reported that the driver of the vehicle was eastbound on North Foothills with a green light when the pedestrian crossed, against the don’t walk, southbound on Ruby on the east side of the street. The pedestrian also appeared, according to witnesses, to be on his cell phone. At this time it does not appear speed or intoxication are contributing factors for the driver of the vehicle and he has not been cited.
The collision remains under investigation and officers plan to have the intersection closed for at least another hour while they process the scene. Anyone who witnessed the crash and did not speak to officers is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.
This serves as a good reminder that pedestrians and cyclists, not just drivers, need to be attentive as they traverse streets and intersections in Spokane. Please make sure to pay attention as you cross the road, make eye contact with drivers, wear bright and/or reflective clothing, and don’t have the volume turned up so loud you can’t hear what’s going on around you.
Officer John O'Brien