Close call on Monroe has neighbors demanding crosswalks


SPOKANE, Wash. -Heart-stopping moments caught on camera as a Spokane County Sheriff's deputy narrowly misses slamming into a man walking his bike across the street. The damaged planter and skid marks still visible nearly a week later.

It happened last Thursday on the newly renovated section of North Monroe as the deputy was responding to an emergency call with lights and sirens on. 

Sheriff's spokesman Mark Gregory says he's thankful no one was hurt.

"Thankfully this deputy was paying attention, was doing a slow enough speed he was able to do that... It is one of those things that could have ended up very bad and we're thankful it didn't," Gregory said.

Gregory says the crash was investigated by Spokane Police and there will also be an internal investigation to see if something like this could have been avoided.

The dramatic video was captured by surveillance cameras at the Hi Neighbor Bar. It's been a topic of conversation inside ever since. Manager Courtney Jones says near misses like the one last week highlight the need for a crosswalk in front of her business.

"We really need a crosswalk. This is a very busy intersection," Jones said.

Renovation of the mile stretch of North Monroe reduced lanes, and added five pained crosswalks and three enhanced crossings that included flashing lights. Jones said even with those additions, she still thinks Monroe is dangerous to pedestrians.

"We just want to make sure everyone's safe here on Monroe," she said.

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