BELLINGHAM - An 18-year-old Meridian High School student died after crashing his motorcycle on Interstate 5 near the Northwest Avenue exit Monday night, July 8, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Abraham Guerrero, of Bellingham, was riding his motorcycle northbound at high speed when he lost control at about 10:45 p.m., went into the median and struck the cable barriers before coming to a stop.
Guerrero died at the scene. Troopers suspect that high speed caused the crash. He was wearing a helmet but did not have a license to drive a motorcycle, according to troopers. Troopers do not believe he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The left lanes in both directions were closed for nearly an hour while troopers handled the crash.
Guerrero finished his junior year at Meridian High School last month. David Shick taught Guerrero in his Algebra II class last year and described him as nice, quiet and respectful. The teen had just moved into the district last year, and he'd often be in Shick's classroom before school getting help with math assignments.
"You could tell he was making an effort, he was trying," Shick said.