Pedestrian struck and killed by Spokane Police Officer

Story Highlights:
One person killed in Spokane pedestrian accident
Car vs. Pedestrian collision cause unknown



Date: January 30, 2011, 01/30/2011
Location: Spokane, Spokane County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Pedestrian accident
Outcome: One dead

Around 10 p.m. Sunday night while crossing at the intersection of N. Monroe St and W. Montgomery Ave in Spokane, a man was struck by a Spokane Police Officer.

John A. VanCurler, 52,  was struck by a patrol car and suffered serious spinal and head injuries. He was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center where he later died.

The police officer in question was responding to a call at the time of the collision and has been since placed on leave. The cause of the accident and the rate of speed that the patrol car was traveling are unknown.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office, Spokane Police Department, and Washington State Patrol have combined forces to investigate the accident. Witnesses or anyone with information should call 509-456-2233.


Spokane Fatal Accident Statistics
Fatal accident count: 4
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 6
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 1
Fatalities: 4
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 9
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 0

Pedestrian's right of way

The operator of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping, if need be to so yield to any pedestrian, but no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.

Seattle Injury Trial Lawyers
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of John A. VanCurler and advise them to find a knowledgable wrongful death lawyer that will help settle their case and get them the compensation they deserve for suffering such a tragic loss.


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