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Bicyclist seriously injured after car hits him

A bicyclist on Cheney-Plaza Road was seriously injured Thursday evening when he was struck by a car in the southbound lane of the road two miles south of Cheney.

Theodore Chauvin, 36, suffered a broken leg and shoulder and was taken to a Spokane hospital for treatment.

A previous report incorrectly indicated that Chauvin was riding in the wrong lane, against traffic. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said today that Chauvin was riding in the correct lane.

Under state traffic law, bicyclists are required to obey the same rules as motorists.

Chauvin was hit about 6:15 p.m. by a 1997 Kia Sophia driven by William Knight Jr., 47, of the Williams Lake area. Knight told deputies he attempted to avoid the bicyclist.

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