Bellingham girl in serious condition after hit-and-run crash


A 5-year-old Bellingham girl remained in serious condition in a Seattle hospital Monday, May 5, after a hit-and-run crash on Haxton Way Saturday night.

Three people were injured and two cars were totaled in the collision, which occurred when a car driven by Jackson B. Strange, 33, crossed the center line and hit a car coming in the opposite direction at about 9:30 p.m., according to the Washington State Patrol.

Strange, of Bellingham, apparently fled the scene after the crash and had not yet been found as of Monday afternoon.

Strange was headed north in a 2005 Chrysler 300 when it struck a southbound 2002 Mitsubishi Galant carrying three passengers, including the girl who was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The other two occupants were taken to St. Joseph hospital, according to State Patrol.

A passenger in Strange's vehicle was not injured.

It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved. The case is still under investigation, and charges are pending.

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