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Pedestrian hit, killed moments after being rejected from bar

A woman who was struck and killed while walking on North Maple Street on Monday night had been refused service by a bartender moments before the accident a block away.

Spokane police on Tuesday said they were investigating the death near Knox Avenue.

Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said the woman was walking north in the travel lane about 9 p.m. She was dressed in dark clothing. The case has been referred to detectives for follow-up, but it appeared the driver did not see the woman soon enough to stop.

The woman’s identity was not available Tuesday from the medical examiner’s office. Relatives hadn’t been notified.

Just before the accident, the woman reportedly had tried to enter the 7th Rail tavern, 1911 N. Maple St., but was refused entrance by the bartender because she was intoxicated, said tavern owner Leslie Hartnett.

At the time, she was carrying a grocery bag with beer and was holding an open container.

The accident occurred a little more than a block north of the tavern entrance.

A woman matching the same description had tried to gain entrance to another establishment earlier in the evening, but was reportedly told to leave, Hartnett said.