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Bicyclist hit by car south of Cheney

Fri., April 16, 2010

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected since initial publication. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office corrected on April 16 that the bicyclist was riding southbound in the correct lane of travel when he was struck.

A 36-year-old bicyclist was seriously injured Thursday when he was hit by a car while riding about two miles south of Cheney.

Theodore Chauvin was in the southbound lanes of Cheney-Plaza Road about 6:15 p.m., when he was struck by a 1997 Kia Sephia driven by William Knight Jr., 47, of Williams Lake.

Knight swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting the cyclist, who was three feet inside the travel lane, said Sgt. Dave Reagan, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Chauvin suffered a broken leg and shoulder and was taken to a downtown hospital, Reagan said.

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

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