Father frustrated after son hit on bike at problem intersection

Six-year-old Emmett was riding his bike down the sidewalk on Lindeke and Dean, when he forgot to look both ways, and was hit by a car. Thankfully, he walked away with only scratches and bruises.

We spoke with Emmett's father who said he's not upset with the driver, but with the city's lack of planning on this intersection.

"It only takes a second for a child to ride their bike through the intersection," Ronald Martel, Emmett's father, said.

Martel told KHQ that there are kids in almost every house of this neighborhood, and neighbors say that the intersection where Emmett got hit is extremely dangerous.

There are trolley track marks in the street that make Dean wider than usual. Martel tells KHQ that cars will use this road to beat traffic because there's no stop signs. In fact, there's no street signs at all.

"We don't have any street signs, from Boone to Broadway, from A Street to Maple. There's no street signs, and we have a large community of children," Martel said.

Martel said in a few days, their streets will fill with kids walking to school, and those kids use the same road that Emmett was hit on.

Martel said that even a "Yield Children at Play" sign would make major improvements.

"We don't want this to happen to any other child," Martel said.

KHQ reached out to the City of Spokane, who said when the police report is filed, they will start looking into what can be done. But they said it's a drivers responsibility to be on the look out for pedestrians.