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Sta To Pay Injured Pedestrian $325,000

Fri., March 28, 1997, midnight

Spokane Transit Authority will pay $325,000 to a man who was hit by a bus while using a downtown crosswalk.

Donald R. Baker, 65, suffered a fractured leg and head injuries when he was hit on Dec. 30, 1995. His medical bills have reached $118,000, according to a recent letter from his attorney to STA.

Baker could not be located for comment Thursday, and his attorney did not return a telephone call.

According to police and STA accident reports, Baker and his wife, Jennifer, were crossing Washington when he was hit. The empty bus, driven by Mike Stanton, was turning from Riverside onto Washington.

Baker was thrown about 10 feet.

“When I first saw the guy, he was unconscious and moaning,” Stanton wrote in a statement.

Stanton, who was cited for failure to yield to pedestrians, said he didn’t see the Bakers because he was checking his left mirror.

STA’s investigator wrote that the bus’ wheelchair equipment blocked Stanton’s view through the lower right-hand corner of the windshield, where Baker would otherwise have been visible.

Stanton still drives for STA, said Executive Director Allen Schweim.

Baker’s claim to STA demanded $418,000. STA, which is self-insured, settled out of court, and will pay with money from its reserves.

, DataTimes

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