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Man follows fleeing car in hit-and-run crash that badly injured construction worker

A red sedan “recklessly” drove past a line of vehicles, struck several construction cones and tools, then hit a construction worker, driving away as the injured man lay in the roadway near Airway Heights, court documents say.

The construction worker was treated at Sacred Heart Medical Center Oct. 9 for a scalp laceration, concussion with loss of consciousness, acute knee and back pain and multiple abrasions, according to court documents.

Witnesses said the sedan drove in the center median on West Highway 2 near South Lucas Drive at a high speed to pass several cars before striking the tools. One tool was a vacuum full of a “concrete type slurry,” court documents say.

The force of the impact with the vacuum tore a side mirror off the car and splashed slurry on the red sedan and nearby vehicles before the car struck the worker.

A witness of the crash, Zachary Crane, followed the red sedan from the scene to a nearby apartment complex where he called police, according to court documents. He pointed out a red 1995 Toyota Camry covered with the concrete slurry and missing a mirror.

Judge Michael Price signed off on a search warrant last Wednesday allowing Spokane police to search the vehicle to identify the driver, who had not been identified at the time law enforcement wrote the request.

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