January 2, 2011 in City

Driver jailed after truck strikes, injures teen


The new year started badly for one Spokane Valley teenager.

Cody Washburn, 18, was seriously injured after being struck by a Dodge pickup truck whose driver fled the scene in the vehicle about 3:15 a.m. Saturday, said Spokane Valley police.

Washburn was walking on Fourth Avenue between Adams and Progress roads. He suffered a fractured back and internal bleeding; he was in satisfactory condition Saturday at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

The truck’s license plate fell off in the impact, and officers found the driver, Steven A. Black, 42, at his home in the 1800 block of Trent Avenue in Spokane Valley.

Police said he exhibited signs of intoxication when they found him about 25 minutes after the crash and learned his 10-year-old son was in the vehicle at the time of the collision.

Black was booked into Spokane County Jail on one count of felony hit and run, police said. Depending on results of toxicology tests, he could be charged with felony vehicular assault.

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