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Homeowners say South Hill intersection a problem

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

On Friday a young woman on her bike was hit by a car on the South Hill. It happened at an intersection that people say has been a problem for years. How far back?  An email to KHQ indicates as far at 2013 for 29th and Fiske. The 18-year-old who was hit has a broken leg. The email sent shows an exchange between one worried South Hill homeowner and a city council member about that intersection.

KHQ found out that it's not just one homeowner but several people that think the same in that area.

"It's difficult to get across. You definitely have to be patient," said Spokane resident Bill Harris. Harris lives nearby and says he takes the crosswalk all the time.

However, he's not one to try and wait around. He's got his own method to cross the street. "I'm pretty pushy. I just kind of put my hand out to show that I am going to cross and work my way across," said Harris.

Sometimes it doesn't work as best as he would like. "A couple of times, I have almost got hit," said Harris. So much so that KHQ actually saw him almost get hit.

He wants to see changes, maybe adding lights to the crosswalk. However, the city says they haven't received complaints from this intersection but say they could extend the concrete median so cars wouldn't be able to make a turn.

The city says a better option could be to use the lit crosswalk at Regal and Ray but Harris says that doesn't make any sense. "That's too far away, if I am going over to one of the businesses over here, I have to walk all the way down there to go across the street to go across there? No. It doesn't make sense, nobody is going to do it," said Harris.

The city says they don't have reports of accidents happening in 2016 except the one that happened on Friday.

However, KHQ investigated and found that the city flagged the stretch of 29th because of numerous accidents between 2005 and 2012, so many that it was designated as a high crash corridor and put on a list of places to be fixed in the future.

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