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Spokane Police: Impairment not a factor in crash that seriously injured teen

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Update: Spokane Police report that the driver who hit a pedestrian crossing the street near the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and Cannon St. Saturday night is cooperating with investigators. Preliminary investigation shows that it does not appear the driver was impaired at the time of the crash, and speed was not a factor.

Emergency crews responded to the crash around 9:15 p.m. Police say it was immediately clear the teen pedestrian, who has not been identified, had sustained serious injuries and was immediately taken to an area hospital for treatment. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene. No one else was injured in the crash.

Based on statements at the scene, police say it appears the driver was headed westbound on Northwest Blvd. and the pedestrian was crossing northbound at Cannon. Because of the nature of the injuries, the Major Crime Unit's Crash Investigators were called out to the scene and Northwest Blvd was closed in both directions for about two hours, but has since reopened. A drug recognition expert from Washington State Patrol also assisted in the investigation.

Preliminarily, it does not appear either speed or impairment were factors in the collision, according to police. Investigators will continue to process evidence and witness statements to determine what, if any, charges are necessary.

Anyone who witnessed the collision who has not spoken to investigators already is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

Previous coverage:

Spokane police say a teen hit by a car near Northwest Boulevard and Cannon St. has potentially life-threatening injuries. 

The intersection was closed for several hours as officers investigated the crash. 

They say there's no crosswalk at that intersection, so it's not clear what the teen was doing in the street. 

We're told charges could be pending, but right now it's just under investigation.

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