Bellingham girl, 2, struck by car

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 4, 2014 

BELLINGHAM - A 2-year-old Bellingham girl was struck by a car Wednesday afternoon, June 4, when she darted into traffic to run to her mother, police said.

The girl's mother had parked across the street from their home in the 1500 block of Lincoln Street. They were on opposite sides of the street around 5:10 p.m. when the girl started to cross the road. The mother told her to stop, but she went anyway, Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht said. Moments later someone called 911 saying the girl had been hit by a white Ford Focus.

The driver had slowed down beforehand when he saw pedestrians in the area. But he couldn't stop in time to miss the girl. The girl was thrown about 10 feet, witnesses said. She was conscious when an ambulance arrived.

"She was alert and crying her eyes out, like a 2-year-old would," Vander Yacht said, "which I suppose is good news."

Paramedics rushed her to St. Joseph hospital. No update on her condition was available as of Wednesday evening.

Police found no evidence to suggest poor driving. In fact, it could have been much worse, Vander Yacht said, if the driver had been going the full speed limit of 25 mph.

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