Three people were severely hurt early Monday, Oct. 24, when a car hurtled off Lummi Shore Drive and struck a tree, officials said.
Coralise M. Almojera, 25, of Deming, was driving a gray 2005 Nissan Murano south on the 4400 block of Lummi Shore Drive about 1:50 a.m., when her car veered left off the road and slammed into a tree, according to a Washington State Patrol report. Also injured were her passengers, Mollie R. Cline, 51, of Deming; and Thomas H. Cline, 50, of Bellingham.
All three were taken by ambulance to St. Joseph hospital, and then flown by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Their injuries were serious enough to require advanced life support ambulances, said Bill Hewett, assistant chief of the Bellingham Fire Department.
A hospital official said all three were in the hospital’s intensive care unit about noon Monday. Almojera was in serious condition; the Clines were in critical condition.
“There was significant damage and our crews had to remove the roof” of the car to reach all three patients, Hewett said. Three ambulances and an EMS supervisor were dispatched, along with other firefighters, he said.
Speed and alcohol were listed as the cause of the wreck, with charges pending against Almojera, according to the report.
Only Thomas H. Cline was wearing a seat belt, according to the state patrol report.