MOUNT VERNON - The Skagit County Coroner's Office identified the man killed by a Washington State Patrol car as Hong Dinh Nguyen, 26, from Vietnam.
Nguyen was hit when he crossed in front of Trooper Mark Francis' patrol car about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, on the southbound East College Way exit, according to a report from Trooper Keith Leary, public information officer for the WSP Marysville office. Francis and another trooper were in the process of turning around to respond to a call on northbound Interstate 5, according to the report.
Nguyen died at the scene. The cause of death was blunt force injury to the head, Skagit Deputy Coroner Bob Clark said.
Both the Mount Vernon Police Department and Washington State Patrol are investigating the incident.
Francis has not been placed on administrative reassignment as he will not be directly involved in the investigation, said WSP Lt. Jason Armstrong.
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