A Bellingham man was injured and the car he was driving was totaled Friday night, Oct. 18, after it collided with a convenience store on Northwest Avenue and caught fire.
Elix M. Ortiz-Rios, 43, of Bellingham was taken by aid car to St. Joseph hospital. He had been wearing a seatbelt. The car was towed. A hospital spokeswoman declined to describe Ortiz-Rios' injuries.
According to the Washington State Patrol, Ortiz-Rios was speeding north on Northwest and failed to stop at a stop sign at Smith Road. He braked and his 1989 Chrysler four-door skidded about 200 feet before hitting Greene's Corner, 5305 Northwest Drive.
The accident caused significant damage to the store, said Trooper Mark Francis of the State Patrol. A glass window was knocked out and the store was determined unsafe for continued business.
Drugs or alcohol were involved, the patrol reported. Charges were pending.