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Three children and adult seriously injured in Spokane Valley pedestrian crash

May 23, 2023 Updated Wed., May 24, 2023 at 9:11 p.m.

From staff reports

A vehicle struck four people, including a child younger than 1, who were crossing a street Tuesday night in Spokane Valley, the Washington State Patrol reported.

The pedestrians were crossing East 24th Avenue at state Route 27 when a 16-year-old girl driving a Chevy Cruze north on the highway struck them at about 8:10 p.m., according to WSP Trooper Ryan Senger. There is no crosswalk at the intersection.

WSP said the pedestrians failed to see the oncoming vehicle.

Among the pedestrians was a 37-year-old woman pushing a stroller with two children – 11 months and 2 years old – and an 11-year-old boy.

Two of the children were in serious condition, Senger said. One was transported to the hospital via LifeFlight and one was transported by ambulance, he said.

The adult and the other child also had injuries, but they were not serious, Senger said.

All of them were from Spokane Valley.

The names of the pedestrians have not been released, but a GiveSendGo fundraising campaign for the family said the 2-year-old, Jeffrey Thor, was thrown from the front of the double stroller onto the road. He has life-threatening injuries, the post said.

A licensed CPR technician was on site and started CPR before a registered nurse arrived.

The post stated Jeffrey was responsive at times as they weaned him off sedation.

Obidiah, the 11-month-old, stayed in the stroller and was injured. Kaleb, 11, was hit by the flying stroller and required stitches and fractured his foot. The mother, who was not named on the website, injured her wrist.

The campaign had raised $3,185 as of Wednesday night.

The teenage driver was uninjured in the collision. Impairment does not appear to be a factor in the crash, Senger said.

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