More Details In Fatal Crash Expected Today; Victim ID'd - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

More Details In Fatal Crash Expected Today; Victim ID'd

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is expected to release more details Tuesday on Sunday's fatal car and pedestrian accident involving a Spokane police officer.

Authorities said the collision happened just after 10 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Monroe and Montgomery. Initial reports said the officer was responding to another call while driving in the southbound lane of Monroe, when a man walking near the intersection was struck.  The man died shortly after at a downtown hospital.

Right now the Spokane Police Department is not releasing the officer's name, and KHQ is told Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick will do so only if and when she feels it is necessary.  The medical examiner's office has yet to release the victim's name but our partners at The Spokesman Review say the man is 52-Year-Old John A. Van Curler. 

Van Curler's brother, Jdon Van Curler, said the man battled alcoholism and had been living with his step mother and collecting aluminum cans for money. He was born in Spokane, graduated Shadle Park High in 1978 and worked at Inland Empire Plating until the early 1990s, Van Curler said.

"Our heart goes out to the officer that was involved, because it obviously was not intentional or malicious," Van Curler said. "It's a terrible tragedy."

It is still unknown if the patrol car's emergency lights were on or if the pedestrian signals at the intersection had been activated.

Due to protocol the Spokane County Sheriff's Office is in charge of the case. Detectives are seeking any witnesses to the collision, and ask anyone with information to contact them by calling Crime Check at 456-2233. 

The Spokesman Review contributed to this article.

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