Lynden boy killed, mother injured when SUV goes off Chuckanut Drive


Chuckanut Drive crash

A Ford Escape plunged off Chuckanut Drive and landed upside down about 40 feet below near the Oyster Creek Inn on Monday afternoon, March 31, killing Zachary Dean Conzo, 6, of Lynden. His mother, Kristin Conzo, was critically injured, according to Washington State Patrol.


BOW - A 6-year-old Lynden boy died and his mother suffered critical injuries at 4:49 p.m. Monday, March 31, when a Ford SUV flipped over an embankment along Chuckanut Drive.

The northbound '07 Ford Escape driven by Kristin Conzo, 35, of Lynden, did not steer left at a hairpin curve near the Oyster Creek Inn, 2190 Chuckanut Drive, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis. The Ford fell from the right side of the bridge and landed on its roof in the rocky creek about 40 feet below.

Zachary Conzo, 6, died from his injuries. An ambulance rushed his mother to a hospital in Skagit County. From there she was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to state patrol.

Troopers believe the Ford had been going too fast for the horseshoe-shaped curve. That bend in the road has an advised speed of 15 mph.

The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation, but drugs and alcohol are not suspected. Both mother and son wore seat belts.

Chuckanut Drive (Highway 11) was blocked for about five hours for an investigation.

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