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City asked to review Monroe Street safety in wake of fatal accident

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2013, 6:21 p.m.

A deadly accident over the weekend has prompted city officials to review pedestrian safety along a busy stretch of North Monroe Street.

A young girl is dead, her mother remains hospitalized and a boy was hurt after a station wagon driven by a woman hit the family about 6:30 p.m. Friday. Witnesses told police they were were not in a crosswalk.

City Councilman Jon Snyder on Monday said he is asking the city’s traffic and engineering staff to look at ways of improving safety on the Monroe corridor from approximately Montgomery to Garland avenues.

He said he has no specific ideas for increasing pedestrian safety, but wants the city to study various options.

Snyder said Friday’s fatal accident followed another pedestrian fatality in the same section of Monroe two years ago.

In 2011, a pedestrian trying to cross Monroe at Montgomery was struck and killed by a police officer who was responding to a call.

Police have not released the names of the driver or the pedestrians from Friday’s accident.

The driver stopped a block from the scene and returned. She has cooperated with police and has not been cited. The driver does not appear to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, said Spokane Police Sgt. Lydia Taylor said. Investigation into the crash is continuing.

Police say pedestrians should use crosswalks and make eye contact with drivers before crossing. They suggest carrying a flashlight and wearing reflective clothing and say pedestrians, like drivers, should refrain from using cell phones. Taylor said the use of cell phones does not appear to be a factor in the collision.

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