Car hits pedestrian near Bellis Fair; police investigate steering wheel

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 30, 2014 

BELLINGHAM - A mechanical failure likely caused a Ferndale woman's car to jump onto the sidewalk and hit a pedestrian near Bellis Fair Mall Saturday evening, March 29, according to police.

Bellingham Police say the 18-year-old woman's Chrysler Intrepid left the road and struck a Bellingham woman walking near the intersection of E. Bellis Fair Parkway and Eliza Avenue around 5:20 p.m.

The victim, who is also 18, was taken to St. Joseph hospital with an obvious leg injury that was not life threatening, said Bellingham Assistant Fire Chief Bill Hewett.

There was no indication the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and it was not believed excessive speed or distracted driving played a role in the crash, Bellingham Police Sgt. Dave Johnson said. Pending the results of the investigation, it was not likely criminal charges would be filed.

Officers believed the steering wheel may have been faulty, something they planned to continue investigating Sunday, Sgt. Carr Lanham said.

Reach Samantha Wohlfeil at Samantha.Wohlfeil@bellinghamherald.com.

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