Spokane to Sandpoint runner hit by vehicle on Newport Highway

COLBERT, WA - A woman running the Spokane to Sandpoint relay race Friday morning was hit by a car on the Newport Highway near Colbert.

Early Friday morning 44-year-old Robin Johnson's portion of the Spokane to Sandpoint race came to an abrupt end when she was hit by a car while she was trying to cross a busy stretch of Highway 2 near Colbert Road.

The accident happened around 8:15 a.m. at the intersection of Newport Highway, also known as Highway 2, and East Colbert Road.

"I came through after, not soon after it happened but after it happened and they gave us a caution to be aware when crossing Highway 2 and that an accident had occurred,? runner Rob Nagel said.

A MedStar helicopter was called to the scene and airlifted Johnson to Sacred Heart Medical Center with serious injuries.

The 16-year-old driver of the 1998 Subaru Legacy told Washington State troopers she didn't see Johnson crossing the fast moving traffic. The impact shattered the teen's windshield.

Troopers say the driver isn't at fault.

"It's up to the pedestrians to yield to the traffic on the highway here and apparently the runner must have thought the vehicle was yielding to her," Sergeant Lennie Walker with the Washington State Patrol said.