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Exclusive: Downtown Spokane Business Owner Hits Vehicle and Runs...Girl Hit Speaks Out

SPOKANE, Wash - A downtown business owner runs away from the scene of a hit and run that left two people seriously hurt. The owner of Herbal Essence Seafood and Steak Café, Ryan Morales, turned himself in after an extensive search involving a K-9 unit and a helicopter. Morales is already a convicted felon after attempting to elude police in 2008.

Wednesday Kayla Catalano sat down with KHQ's Alex Rozier. Catalano spent much of Saturday afternoon in the hospital after suffering a snowboarding accident at Schweitzer. Fast forward just a couple of hours and that's when she was hit in Spokane and once again back in the Emergency Room.

It all happened at the corner of Standard and Everett when Morales' SUV, said to be traveling at speeds nearly 60 mph in a 25 mph zone, smashed into Catalano's boyfriend's Subaru who just dropped off one of Kayla's friends. Kayla had to be extricated from the vehicle after she suffered a broken collarbone, fractured pelvis, partially collapsed lung, the list goes on.

Morales made his first court appearance Monday. His bail is set at $5,000.  Witnesses say Morales ran from the wreckage barefoot, all while Catalano was trapped in the vehicle.

Ryan Morales arraignment is scheduled for February 7th at 9:30 a.m.

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