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Owner of gold SUV cleared of involvement in fatal hit-and-run

Fri., March 14, 2014, 5:16 p.m.

The owner of a gold SUV impounded Monday has been cleared of any involvement in a fatal hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian, according to Spokane police.

Don Foster, 55, died after he was hit at Mission Avenue and South Riverton Drive. Witnesses told police a gold SUV was involved and a tipster pointed them to the nearby home of Teri Johnson, where a gold SUV with front-end damage was parked.

Johnson told police and media outlets that she was innocent. She told police she hit a pole in December and was at home texting on her phone at the time of the accident. Police obtained a search warrant for her phone records.

“She’s been cleared at this point,” said police spokeswoman Monique Cotton. “The information we were able to obtain did not indicate that she was involved.”

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information on the fatal accident is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. “This is still a top priority for us,” Cotton said.

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