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Crossing guard hit by truck near Stevens Elementary

UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2012, 3:39 p.m.

A driver was arrested on drug charges Monday after police say the truck he was driving struck a 12-year-old boy in a crosswalk near Stevens Elementary School.

The boy was crossing East Mission Avenue at North Magnolia Street when he was hit by the truck, according to the Spokane Police Department. The boy, who was on his way to the school for his job as a morning crossing guard, rolled more than 60 feet through the intersection. He is currently in stable condition at a local hospital with internal injuries and broken bones, police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said in a news release.

The driver cooperated with police until a witness told officers he may have thrown a small baggie under a nearby parked car. Police retrieved the bag, which they said contained drugs, and also found meth, heroin and marijuana in the truck.

The driver, Brandon Lee Maganas, 30, was arrested on drug charges; police say, however, that he was not impaired when he hit the boy. In addition, two firearms were found in the truck; Maganas is a felon making it illegal for him to possess firearms, the news release said.



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