A teenage boy riding a bicycle with no reflectors or lights was struck and killed Wednesday night by a pickup truck driving on a Paradise-area road residents say is dangerous.
Jordan D. Sant, 14, of Sumas died at the scene, near the North County Christ the King Church at 8794 Kendall Road.
Sant had been riding the bicycle in the northbound lane of Kendall Road around 6:25 p.m. when he was hit by a 1998 Dodge Dakota at Limestone Road, according to the Washington State Patrol.
At the time it was dark and he was riding through high winds and heavy, almost horizontal, rain, according to investigators. He wore dark clothes, and he did not have a helmet on.
He suffered severe head and chest trauma that proved fatal, according to the Whatcom County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Troopers don’t expect charges to be filed against the pickup driver, Craig A. Roberts, 45, of Maple Falls. His damaged truck was impounded at a tow yard.
Roberts passed sobriety tests and volunteered to give a blood draw, Trooper Mark Francis said. He’s not suspected of driving under the influence.
The sun set around 5 p.m. Wednesday. That stretch of State Route 547, a two-lane road from Kendall to Sumas, has no lighting and a narrow asphalt shoulder. Limestone Road is on the northern edge of the Paradise Lakes development.
Kendall Road, often called Kendall Highway by locals, has seen a number of serious crashes in recent years.
On a night in January 2013, two cyclists without lights on their bikes were struck on the road, near Oregon Trail. One of them, Steven Waterman, 36, died at the scene. The driver, a Maple Falls woman, was arrested, but after an investigation no charges were brought against her.
Over the past year Vern Yadon, a pastor at the nearby Kendall Chapel, and other community leaders have been campaigning for a roughly 3-mile trail alongside the road to make foot and bike traffic safer in the Kendall area. Kendall Road is the road people use to get to the Christ the King Church, the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, Kendall Elementary School and the local library branch.
Recently the state Department of Transportation rewrote a roundabout project that saved Yadon’s church from being demolished, and speed limits near the school have been lowered.