December 19, 2009 in News

Pedestrian killed on Francis identified

The Spokesman-Review

A 56-year-old man and his dog were both killed Friday after being hit by a car on a busy northwest Spokane street.

Stephen W. Shockley was walking his dog about 6:15 p.m., when he attempted to cross Francis Avenue between Elm and Cannon streets.

Both he and his dog got tangled under a minivan. Shockley died at a local hospital, and his dog died at the scene.

Francis was closed in both directions for three hours during the incident. It isn’t known whether the driver of the minivan, identified as 53-year-old Bonita Banicki, will be cited.

Spokane Police Officer Glenn Bartlett said the death is the seventh fatal auto-pedestrian accident in Spokane this year.

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