State Patrol: 'Diabetic episode' caused crash on Chuckanut Drive that killed 6-year-old boy

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 30, 2014 

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.

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BOW - A diabetic woman blacked out before a crash that killed her 6-year-old son two months ago on Chuckanut Drive, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Kristin Conzo, 35, of Lynden, won't face criminal charges for the crash that killed Zachary Dean Conzo on the afternoon of March 31. Her northbound 2007 Ford Escape didn't turn left at a hairpin turn near the Oyster Creek Inn, 2190 Chuckanut Drive.

The Ford launched over a short concrete barrier at a speed well above the 15 mph limit. The SUV came to rest on its roof in Oyster Creek, about 40 feet below. There were no skid marks on the road.

Zachary died from his injuries; Kristin was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She spent almost a month there, undergoing several surgeries and breathing through a tube. She has since been transferred to a rehabilitation center in Lynden.

Kristin told troopers she couldn't remember why she didn't slow down or turn. She had a history of diabetes, and detectives believe a "diabetic episode" caused her to black out in the moments before the crash, Trooper Mark Francis said Friday, May 30.

Zachary's father, Kevin Conzo, named his coffee roasting company, Zachary Dean's Coffee Beans, after his son in 2007. . The company is no longer in business.

"He was an example to me, as a 35-year-old man, of how to treat other people," Kevin Conzo said. "He was everybody's friend."

Reach Caleb Hutton at 360-715-2276 or caleb.hutton@bellinghamherald.com. Read his Dispatcher Blog at bellinghamherald.com/dispatcher-blog or follow him on Twitter at @bhamcrime.

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