Pedestrian recovering after being hit Monday

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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A 58-year-old man is recovering in the hospital after he was hit by a vehicle Monday night in central Vancouver.

Vancouver police say Eugene Okeath, no hometown available, walked into the street midblock outside of a crosswalk and was hit by a vehicle. The incident was reported at 9:12 p.m. Monday on Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard, just east of Andresen Road, in front of the Spot Tavern.

Denise Novak saw the aftermath of the crash while she was at the tavern. She went out to the man, who was lying facedown on the roadway, and called 911.

"He was in pretty bad shape," Novak said, adding that the man wasn't breathing.

The dispatchers told her to flip him over onto his back, and he started breathing again, she said. The driver of the vehicle that hit him, Daniel M. Johnson, 18, stayed on scene. Police say Johnson was not impaired, but that Okeath showed signs of impairment. Okeath was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. His condition was not available Thursday night.

A section of the roadway was temporarily closed while police investigated.