Driver suspected of smoking pot, taking cold medicine before deadly Badger Road crash

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 10, 2013 

A 20-year-old man smoked marijuana and took cold medicine before racing on a rural road west of Lynden, causing a rollover crash that killed his 18-year-old passenger last week, according to court records.

Curtis J. Guerrero-Marquez totaled the '95 Acura Integra when he crossed the center line on West Badger Road, flipped the car and crashed into a power pole around 5:55 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, according to the Washington State Patrol. The passenger side of the car struck and sheared the pole, which then landed on the car.

Desirae Diamond Garrison-Jones, 18, of Lynden, died at the scene.

Guerrero-Marquez needed treatment at St. Joseph hospital. That night he was booked into jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide. He admitted he consumed marijuana and cold medicine before driving, according to charges filed Wednesday in Whatcom County Superior Court. Blood tests will determine his level of impairment.

Also, Guerrero-Marquez said he'd been racing another car, according to state patrol. Troopers have since interviewed the driver of the other car, but he hasn't been arrested because he claims he wasn't racing Guerrero-Marquez, even if Guerrero-Marquez was racing him, said Trooper Keith Leary.

No details about the other driver or his car have been released.

Friends left flowers and mementos for Garrison-Jones at the scene of the crash, near Markworth Road.

A memorial service has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Jerns Funeral Chapel, 800 E. Sunset Drive.

Reach Caleb Hutton at 360-715-2276 or caleb.hutton@bellinghamherald.com. Read his Dispatcher Blog at bellinghamherald.com/dispatcher-blog or follow him on Twitter at @bhamcrime.

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