LUMMI RESERVATION - A Ferndale teenager may have been trying to avoid a lit firework Wednesday afternoon, July 16, when he crawled through the back window of a moving pickup and fell from the truck bed to the road, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Isaac Ordinio Misanes, 18, was run over by the driver's-side rear wheel of the truck on Lummi Shore Road, near Cagey Road. First-responders tried CPR, but he died at the scene.
The driver, 25, and two other passengers, men aged 22 and 27, have given conflicting, changing stories of what led up to the fall at 4:21 p.m. Wednesday, said Trooper Mark Francis.
One story outlined in a state patrol press memo states they were lighting off fireworks in the gray 1994 extended-cab Ford F-150. One of those ignited fireworks landed on or near Misanes, who then crawled through a back window to the truck bed to avoid the explosion. Troopers had no clearer picture Thursday of how he fell from the truck bed.
"Whether it's the driver swerving, or them horse-playing, or something else - that's what we're trying to corroborate now," Francis said.
The driver, Brandon J. Dennis, 25, of Bellingham, isn't suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. But he was arrested on a tribal charge of obstructing law enforcement, Francis said.
Lummi Nation officials declined to comment on the arrest because "it would be untimely to communicate any details of the charges or police report," according to a statement the tribe released Thursday.
The statement did address Misanes' death: "Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the families involved with the tragic accident - especially to the Misanes family. Isaac was a young, active participant of the tribe and the community is suffering a great loss."