Woman killed in Badger Road crash

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 4, 2013 

A rollover crash west of Lynden left one young woman dead Friday evening, Oct. 4, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Authorities suspect the driver, Curtis J. Guerrero-Marquez, 20, of Lynden, was high on marijuana and racing a black Acura Integra westbound on West Badger Road at 5:55 p.m. when he went off the road to the left near Markworth Road, said Trooper Mark Francis.

The Acura flipped and crashed into a power pole. The pole sheared and landed on top of the overturned car. A young woman was unresponsive and trapped inside when firefighters arrived. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her name and age had not been released as of Friday night.

An ambulance rushed Guerrero-Marquez to St. Joseph hospital with serious injuries, but he's expected to survive. He admitted to racing another car and smoking marijuana before driving, Francis said. Troopers found drug paraphernalia in his car.

Snapped power lines covered the road. A transformer blew out near Sunrise Road. Power went dark in the area. Puget Sound Energy sent crews to the scene. Traffic in the area was blocked for an investigation.

Troopers released no description of the other car that was racing, expect for its color: maroon. They have leads, however, on the identity of its driver, Francis said. It doesn't appear a third car was involved, as initially reported.

CORRECTION: This story corrects the direction the Acura was traveling.

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