UPDATE: Man Hit & Killed By Spokane Police Cruiser - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Man Hit & Killed By Spokane Police Cruiser

(Spokane Police Officer Gordon Ennis) (Spokane Police Officer Gordon Ennis)

OFFICIAL UPDATED RELEASE: Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team detectives renewed their plea Thursday for motorists in the area of a January 30th fatality auto-pedestrian to come forward and discuss their observations with investigators.

On that Sunday night Spokane Police Officer Gordon Ennis was responding to a "trouble unknown" call and was southbound on Monroe when he struck a pedestrian at Montgomery about 10 p.m.  John A. VanCurler, 52, was taken to a downtown hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Ennis told investigators he was exiting his patrol car to render aid when he was passed by a white minivan or sport utility vehicle that slowed to get by the stopped patrol car, but then accelerated away southbound on Monroe.

He also said a second southbound car came up behind the patrol car and then turned west on Montgomery without stopping. Spokane Police Officer Elina Bishop was the second officer to arrive at the accident. 

She also reports seeing the white vehicle passing Ennis and a dark-colored southbound vehicle ahead of her as she was responding southbound on Monroe. Detectives reaffirmed Thursday that their only interest in these two motorists is to obtain information relative to the auto-pedestrian collision. 

The drivers can contact detectives by calling Crime Check at 456-2233. Also at Thursday's meeting, detectives said they have determined that the speed of Ennis' patrol car at the time of the collision was between 34 and 39 mph. 

The speed limit on Monroe is 30 mph. Detective Dave Thornburg said the exact location of VanCurler at the time of the collision cannot be determined with 100 percent certainty.  "He was either inside or outside of the crosswalk by a matter of inches," he reported.

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