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Elderly man dies after being hit by car

An elderly man died early Wednesday after he was struck by a car while he crossed Division Street at Houston Avenue.

Spokane police have not released the man’s name until they contact his sons, Cpl. Rob Dashiell said.

About 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, an 18-year-old driver was northbound on Division when he struck the man, who was crossing from the west to the east side of the road.

The driver, who also was not identified, has not been cited, police spokesman Dick Cottam said in a press release.

Dashiell said charges remain a possibility, but he hasn’t reviewed all the witness statements and police reports.

The elderly man was “within the immediate area of the intersection,” Dashiell said.

“There was no marked crosswalk.”

The weather may have been a factor.

It was raining and dark, he said.

Cottam said officers are still trying to determine the exact point of impact.

The man was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with head injuries.

He died just after midnight, Cottam said.

Gunshots fired at occupied home

Spokane police are investigating a shooting that occurred about 10 p.m. Tuesday, in which someone walked past an occupied house and fired a shotgun and handgun at the building.

Police spokesman Dick Cottam said in a press release that several people walked past a home in the 200 block of West Nora and fired the weapons.

Nobody was hit, but several people, including children, were in the home at the time.

Investigators believe a 19-year-old male who has stayed at the residence was the intended target.

The unidentified male has been known to associate with gang members, Cottam said.

The shooter or shooters may have left the area in a white Mustang, Cottam said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

Valley gives green light to radio car race

Start your (miniature) engines.

The city of Spokane Valley OK’d a Radio Controlled Car Club of Spokane race that is scheduled for this weekend.

The Hank Perry 240 was in jeopardy because race coordinators hadn’t applied for a facility-use permit from the city’s parks department. Until the city incorporated last year, Spokane County had jurisdiction over Sullivan Park, where the club operates a dirt race track. The club never applied for facility-use permits under the county and forgot to apply for permission from the city until last week.

Posts on the club’s Web site,, indicated Wednesday that the group was pleased with the city’s decision.

“Long live the Hank!” wrote one member.

The event runs Saturday and Sunday, at 1901 N. Sullivan Road.

The club and the city still are working out a separate issue at the park. The club began installing sixteen 35-foot-tall lights without permission from the parks department, which posted a stop-work order at the facility last week. The department wants to wait until a master parks plan is written before significant changes are made at the park.

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