BELLINGHAM - The driver of a gold Honda Pilot was accused of vehicular assault Monday, Sept. 24, in a rollover crash on Alabama Street that left a woman with serious injuries.
Ryan M. Adams, 31, was driving west on Alabama when he ran a red light at Pacific Street and slammed into the passenger side of a northbound Geo Tracker, said Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young. The white Geo flipped at least once and landed on its side at an angle on the curb.
Georgia Walker, who lives in a house at the intersection, rushed to the street. Walker said the woman was pinned inside and kept screaming, "The light was green! The light was green!"
An off-duty paramedic tended to the 47-year-old woman while an ambulance was en route. Firefighters pulled out a window to extract the injured woman from her Geo, which was destroyed. She was taken to St. Joseph hospital with injuries considered serious but not critical.
"She was skinned up pretty bad," Walker said.
Adams was led from the scene in handcuffs. Police said he likely would be charged with vehicular assault. He has not been booked into jail, but the case will be forwarded to the prosecutor's office.
Adams was "definitely" going too fast, Young said. A blood draw will reveal whether he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. For Adams, a Bellingham resident, this is his first run-in with local police.
Traffic was snarled for the next hour or so. Tow truck drivers broomed shattered glass from the road.
"It couldn't have been more straight-on," Young said. "It's very fortunate there wasn't a passenger in the Geo, because there would've been some serious life-threatening injuries."
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