Three people were rushed to St. Joseph hospital on Christmas evening after a speeding driver crashed into a utility pole west of Lynden, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Troy Postma, 18, was driving an Acura RSX south on Sunrise Road at speeds up to 100 mph before he lost control at 8:45 p.m. just north of the T-intersection with Birch Bay-Lynden Road, said Trooper Mark Francis. The car went off the road to the right, sheared a utility pole and took out about 150 feet of fence along the roadside. The Acura was totaled.
The driver and two passengers were hurt: Andrew W. Washkow, 18, and a boy, according to the state patrol. They appeared to have broken arms and legs.
Postma had a seatbelt on but he was wearing it improperly, Francis said. It was unclear if the others had their seatbelts on. All three are from Lynden.
Charges are pending investigation, but Francis said they could amount to reckless driving.
Postma is not suspected of driving drunk or high on drugs. He was still in serious condition at the hospital as of Wednesday. Washkow was listed in satisfactory condition.