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Walla Walla Man Dies After Being Struck by SUV

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WALLA WALLA, WA- A 77-year-old man is dead after being hit by a car on a sidewalk in Walla Walla.

It happened just after 6:30 p.m Thursday night on Isaacs Avenue and Cedar Street. James Kooreny had walked almost the entire crosswalk on Isaacs Avenue before 42-year-old Heather Tanarsky hit him in the furthest lane right next to the curb.

NBC Right Now spoke with employees at businesses surrounding this intersection, and they say it is not too often they hear of accidents here.

One of the Dollar Tree employees saw the aftermath, she overheard first responders listing out the mans injuries as they closed down most of the roadway. The manager there says she believes Kooreny may have been a regular customer of theirs.

Officer Tim Bennett with Walla Walla PD said the woman admitted to drinking and driving, "Investigating officers at the scene did interview the lady and she failed her field sobriety tests. She did admit to consuming some alcohol."

An ambulance took Kooreny to Providence Saint Mary Medical Center where he later passed away. Officer Bennett believes he was living on his own, it is unclear if he has family in the area.

Tarnasky made her first appearance in court Friday morning after being arrested for vehicular homicide. She was released after that court appearance.

WALLA WALLA - A Walla Walla man has died from injuries suffered after being struck by a vehicle last night.

James A. Kooreny, 77, of Walla Walla, was crossing Isaacs Ave. Thursday, October 29 at about 6:45 p.m. when he was hit by a vehicle driven by Heather A. Tarnasky, 42, of Walla Walla, according to Officer Tim Bennett.

Kooreny was transported to Providence St. Mary Medical Center and died a short time later.

Police say their initial investigation has shown Tarnasky was driving eastbound in the curb lane on Isaacs Avenue in a silver, 2008, Honda Pilot SUV, when her SUV struck Mr. Kooreny, who was crossing in the marked crosswalk.

Tarnasky was arrested following field sobriety tests  at the scene and arrested for one count of Vehicular Homicide.

Lab results of her blood alcohol level are pending at this time.

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