A grandparent and an infant remained hospitalized Friday, Dec. 5, after a three-car crash Thursday evening near Lynden.
Nile Mott, 74, of Lynden was in critical condition at St. Joseph hospital following a crash on Hannegan and Central roads, about six miles north of Bellingham. His 1-year-old grandson, Carson Hindmon, remained in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in satisfactory condition Friday.
Another child involved in the crash, 7-year-old Darius Gilstrap, also was treated at St. Joseph hospital, officials said, but apparently was released.
A total of nine people were examined by paramedics after the crash.
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Around 6:15 p.m., a Chevrolet Tahoe was waiting to turn left on Central Road, and a Honda CRV driven by Mott had stopped behind the Tahoe on Hannegan. A Jeep Liberty struck the CRV from behind, causing the CRV to hit the Tahoe, according to the Washington State Patrol. The CRV containing the infant and his grandparents was totaled. The Jeep was damaged, and the Tahoe was driven from the scene.
The Jeep driver, Eric Larson, 52, was not injured. Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis said Friday morning, Dec. 5 that they have not yet cited Larson because the cause of the crash is still under investigation. Drugs and alcohol were not a factor, he said. Gilstrap was in Larson’s Jeep.
All five people from the CRV were taken to hospitals, according to the Washington State Patrol. Elaine Mott, 70, was treated and released from St. Joseph hospital. Erik Hindmon, 22, also was released from the hospital, and Breanna Ponder, 21, was transported to Harborview Medical Center with Carson Hindmon and has since been released, a hospital spokesperson said.
Troopers said the Hindmons and Ponder were from Florida.
No one from the Tahoe was transported to the hospital. The occupants are Ferndale area residents, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Everyone involved wore a seat belt, and Carson Hindmon was in a car seat, troopers said.