Man who drove truck off Blaine pier identified

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 29, 2014 

BLAINE - The man who drove his truck off a Blaine pier Sunday evening, April 27, striking a 7-year-old boy in the process, has been identified as Allan James May, according to Blaine Police.

May, a 54-year-old Whatcom County resident, died in what authorities so far believe was a deliberate effort to drive his 1993 Toyota pickup off the Marine Drive pier into Drayton Harbor.

His body was found Monday morning on the shoreline of Peace Arch Provincial Park, just across the Canadian border.

His truck was found at the bottom of Drayton Harbor, about 100 feet northwest of the pier. Divers planned to use air bags to lift the truck to the surface and tow it to shore Tuesday afternoon, but they were unable to complete the recovery. Work was expected to resume Wednesday.

The Blaine boy, who had been on the pier with his father when the truck came through about 7:15 p.m., suffered two broken legs. The impact also crushed most of the bones in his foot, said Karen Starkovich, a neighbor who spoke with permission from the boy's family.

The boy remained in the Intensive Care Unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Monday night, Starkovich said.

His mother told Starkovich that he will likely need to use a wheelchair for at least two months and will need to travel to Seattle for physical therapy.

Witnesses told Blaine Police the truck driver appeared to intentionally crash through a fence and drive off the pier. He may even have sped up as the truck approached the edge.

May had made threats to kill himself before, according to documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court.

In December 2013, he pleaded guilty to felony harassment with domestic violence and fourth-degree domestic violence assault after he attacked his girlfriend and threatened her. After she left him, May threatened to kill himself if she didn't come back, according to court documents. His girlfriend had told police at the time that he had a history of attempting to kill himself, including an incident in June 2012 when she had to revive him with CPR.

He was booked into Whatcom County Jail in January 2014 in connection with those charges and was released Feb. 23.

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