Bellingham officials responded to a tragic accident on the night of October 22, when an 85-year-old man lost his life in a fatal collision with a vehicle. The victim, a man from Seattle, was attempting to cross the 100 block of North Samish Way around 8:47 p.m., however, officials said he was not using a crosswalk. The poor visibility obscured the man from the driver’s view.
According to Bellingham Police Lt. Claudia Murphy, the driver of the vehicle was unable to see the pedestrian due to the lack of proper lighting and the absence of a designated crossing zone. After the tragic incident, the driver acted responsibly and promptly stopped the car, remaining at the scene. Officials said the driver cooperated fully.
Seattle Pedestrian Rushed To The Hospital After Crash
Bellingham Fire Department Medics rushed the victim to the emergency room at Saint Joseph’s Hospital following the collision. Unfortunately, the victim succumbed to his injuries and passed away on the same night.
Authorities confirmed that there was no evidence of alcohol, drugs, or speeding as contributing factors to the collision, emphasizing the importance of pedestrian safety, especially in dimly lit areas.
As Seattle personal injury attorneys, we are well aware of the risks associated with poorly lit roads and improper crosswalk use.
This unfortunate incident serves as a stark reminder for both pedestrians and drivers to exercise caution and vigilance on the roads, especially during the night.
This tragic event marks the second fatal collision involving a pedestrian in the 100 block of Samish Way this year alone, following a similar incident on February 20.
As the Bellingham community mourns the loss of the victim, we all stand together in urging for increased awareness and safety measures to prevent such heart-wrenching accidents in the future.
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