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Bicyclist airlifted to hospital after highway vehicle collision near Mead

UPDATED: Fri., June 26, 2020

A bicyclist was airlifted to Providence Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane with serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle on Highway 206 near Mead early Friday morning.

Kerry Wiltzius, 65, was wearing a helmet when she was hit in a collision with a tow truck near the intersection of Halliday Lane and Mt. Spokane Park Drive, which runs concurrently with the highway, around 7 a.m, according to Washington State Patrol Press Memo.

State Trooper Jeff Sevigney, spokesperson for Washington State Patrol, said a helicopter was deployed to transport the victim to Sacred Heart. He described the victim as being “in serious condition,” but was unable to provide any further information about the victim.

The driver of the truck, Jonathan Ryser, 46, had a suspended license last year for drunken driving and would have been required to a use an interlock device while driving, according to court documents. Drugs or alcohol were involved in the collision Friday, according to the Washington State Patrol press memo.

Sevigney said more information about the accident would be available later Friday once state troopers completed an investigation.

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