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Condition of pedestrian injured in Vancouver crash improves

The condition of a 28-year-old Vancouver man who was struck by a vehicle Monday and taken to the hospital with critical injuries has improved.

Jon French was in satisfactory condition Tuesday afternoon at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, according to a hospital spokesman.

In general, critical condition means a patient’s vital signs are unstable, they may be unconscious and there is some doubt about their survival. Satisfactory condition means the patient’s heartbeat and breathing have improved.

Police, fire and medical crews were dispatched at 12:24 p.m. to Northeast 87th Avenue and Northeast Fifth Street. French was found with head trauma and a severe elbow abrasion, Vancouver police Officer Eric McCaleb previously told The Columbian.

French entered the crosswalk facing east on Northeast 87th Avenue, prompting southbound traffic to stop for him. But as he entered the northbound side, he was struck by a silver Hyundai Genesis driven by John Luoma, 65, of Vancouver, McCaleb said.

Both lanes were closed for about an hour after the crash. Luoma was cooperative with police, and it is believed that he did not see French crossing before striking him, McCaleb said.

The crash remains under investigation.


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