Police have released details of a crash Thursday that severely injured a motorcycle rider.
Robert Barnes, 23, of Bellingham, was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph hospital after the 11:40 a.m. wreck, when he was struck by a SUV that turned into his path on Roeder Avenue/West Chestnut Street at Central Avenue.
Barnes was flown by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle later that afternoon. Bellingham Police said he suffered a severe injury to his lower right leg.
A Harborview official said Barnes remains in serious condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
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Bellingham Police Officer Scott Stewart was praised Thursday for quick action that may have saved Barnes’ life.
Stewart arrived a few minutes before firefighters and applied a tourniquet from his first aid kit to stop heavy bleeding from Barnes’ leg.
The driver of the 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser, Joshua Lannan, 29, was issued a citation for failure to stop/yield at an intersection, said Bellingham Police Lt. Danette Beckley. Lannan, also of Bellingham, pulled into Barnes’ path, officers at the scene said.