Driver involved in fatal Slater Road crash still in ICU

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 7, 2013 

The driver of a car that swerved into oncoming traffic on Slater Road Saturday, killing another driver and injuring two other people, remained in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Monday, Oct. 7, according to hospital officials.

Tonya Feistner, 39, of Bellingham was in the intensive care unit and improving Monday morning, said Susan Gregg, a Harborview spokeswoman.

Feistner was driving a 1997 GMC Suburban eastbound on Slater Road about 12:50 p.m. Saturday when the SUV crossed the center line and hit a 2012 Toyota Scion driven by Raymond Bailey, 63, of Bellingham, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene.

His passenger, Elizabeth Bailey, 62, and Feistner's passenger, David Widner, 57, were both injured and transported to St. Joseph hospital. They were both in satisfactory condition there Monday afternoon, according to hospital spokeswoman Amy Cloud.

Feistner was not wearing a seat belt; the other three were.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Troopers suspect alcohol or drugs were involved. Charges may be filed pending the results of the investigation, according to the state patrol.

Reach Samantha Wohlfeil at 360-756-2803 or samantha.wohlfeil@bellinghamherald.com.

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