Pedestrian hurt in hit-and-run accident in Ione

Pedestrian hurt in hit-and-run accident in Ione

The Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit-and-run accident in Ione Tuesday afternoon

First responders contacted the victim, a 58-year-old male who was hit by a vehicle near his home close to Ione Park just before 4:35 p.m. He’d been walking his dog in the park when the vehicle struck him and fled.

Law enforcement and medical personnel responded to the victim’s house while U.S. Border Patrol Agents searched the area for the suspect’s vehicle.

The victim felt the suspected vehicle may have been targeting his dog, which he had on a leash. He rushed forward to grab his dog before being struck and pinned between the vehicle and a rock wall.

The vehicle in question backed up and fled the scene and the driver did not offer any aid. That vehicle is described as an older dark grey sedan with four male occupants. Loud music was playing from the car with all of the windows down.

The victim was flown to a Spokane area hospital for treatment and has since been released.

The Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for any information that could help identify this vehicle and its occupants. Anyone with possible information can call them at (509) 447-1980.