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Hit-run suspect released from jail

Tue., Jan. 4, 2011

Steven A. Black was released from jail on his own recognizance Monday after appearing before Superior Court Judge Michael Price on a hit-and-run charge.

Black, 42, was arrested for hit-and-run over the weekend after police found his truck’s license plate at the scene.

Police say Black’s 10-year-old son was in the 1996 Dodge pickup when Black struck Cody Washburn, 18, about 3:15 a.m. Saturday on Fourth Avenue between Adams and Progress roads in Spokane Valley.

Investigators used the license plate to track Black to his home at 10807 E. Trent Ave. about 25 minutes after the crash, where they said he showed signs of being intoxicated.

A blood sample was sent to the state toxicology lab and is expected back in about a month, which could lead to additional charges, police said.

Black’s son told police he saw someone walking down the road get hit by his father’s truck, but his father “told him it was a bump,” according to court documents.

Washburn told police he was walking in the middle of the road listening to his iPod but that he didn’t remember the crash.

He fractured his back and suffered internal bleeding, but he is in satisfactory condition at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Black is a lifelong Spokane County resident who has worked for a parking lot maintenance, street cleaning and snowplow company for 18 years, his lawyer said.

His jail release conditions prohibit him from consuming alcohol or driving unless for work.

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