Witness says pedestrian hit by up to five cars

Published On: Feb 10 2014 04:30:14 PM PST   Updated On: Feb 10 2014 06:34:25 PM PST
Spokane Police searching for driver in fatal hit and run
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Police are searching for the driver of an SUV that that struck a man in east Spokane Sunday night, though witnesses say more than four cars ran the pedestrian over before anyone stopped to help.

The pedestrian, a homeless man residents have seen in the area before, was crossing Mission at Riverton, where there's a no crossing sign and a street light just 50 yards away. When he walked out onto Mission he was hit by a gold SUV that pushed him into the westbound lanes, where four more cars ran over the victim.

Angela Jepson was walking out of the River Ridge Apartments Sunday night when she heard a loud thump.

"He was walking across right here, he was already out in this first lane," she said. "They didn't stop, just kept going, knocked him into the other lane."

Jepson immediately called 9-1-1, but what happened next surprised her even more than the initial accident.

"Four to five more cars ran over him just, thunk, thunk, thunk," said Jepson.

None of those cars stopped either.

"I heard him yell help after the third car had hit him but even then maybe something could have been done," said Jepson.

Finally a car did stop and the driver tried CPR on the man but it was too late. The pedestrian died at the scene.

Police are now searching for the drivers of those vehicles that didn't stop.

"We really do want to identify the driver of the initial vehicle as well as the vehicle and then talk to anybody who was traveling in that area at that time," Spokane Police Captain Brad Arleth said.

Jepson said it's a busy road most days and people are always in a hurry to get somewhere.

"This summer I've seen bikes get hit, people coming around that corner so fast or over that hill and not paying attention," she said.

With snow on the road Sunday night police will have to decide if that also played a factor in the accident.

"The speed factor could be something the investigators could be looking at with regards to the injuries identified during the autopsy," Arleth said.

Jepson knows, it's going to be tough to let this one go.

"I didn't know what to think last night. Every time I closed my eyes I just kept seeing the cars hitting him and pushing him up the road," Jepson said.

The medical examiner has yet to release the identity of the victim. Anyone with more information about this accident is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.