FERNDALE - An SUV struck and killed a woman walking on a rural road near Ferndale early Thursday, April 4.
She was identified as Lindsey Janae Greene, 26, of the Bellingham area, according to the Washington State Patrol.
A 24-year-old Ferndale man, Jacob Michael Richard, drove a gray 1991 Toyota 4Runner south on Imhoff Road at 5:40 a.m. on his way to work. In the darkness, he didn't see Greene - who wore a dark coat and dark clothes - before it was too late, said Trooper Mark Francis.
The front corner of the Toyota's passenger side struck her. Richard stopped and returned to the spot of the crash, three-tenths of a mile north of Slater Road. He found the woman had suffered a fatal head injury. She died on impact, Francis said.
An autopsy found she was likely drunk, said Whatcom County Medical Examiner Gary Goldfogel.
A 21/2-hour investigation shut down the road. Greene was struck in the southbound lane. A state patrol memo stated she was walking with traffic.
On that stretch of road there's no shoulder, only a fog line and a thin strip of asphalt. The speed limit is 45 mph.
Goldfogel ruled the death an accident, and troopers don't expect Richard - who agreed to a blood draw but appeared sober - will be charged with a crime.
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