A man struck down by a car and killed while crossing Alabama Street last week has been identified as a resident of the Roosevelt neighborhood who lived in a home around the corner from the crash.
Terry Lee Brady, 62, died Friday evening, Sept. 5, when a 1985 Volkswagen Jetta hit him at around 7:13 p.m. in the center westbound lane of Alabama. Brady had been using a walker as he headed south across the street, trailing a woman he was with by a few steps, according to the Bellingham Police Department.
Brady suffered a head injury that proved fatal, said Dr. Gary Goldfogel, the Whatcom County medical examiner.
Brady been walking toward a bus stop on the south side of the street. He lived in the 2500 block of Racine Street, half a block from the bus stop. Officers shut down several blocks of Alabama Street until midnight to investigate. A police spokesman didn’t return a reporter’s phone call Monday to clarify whether Brady had been legally crossing the street.
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Police said the driver, Kory Wayde Scroggins, 34, of Bellingham, showed signs of intoxication, and a breath test measured “an elevated blood-alcohol content.” Scroggins’ suspected blood-alcohol level hasn’t been released. He told officers he couldn’t see well because he was driving in the direction of the low, bright sun. The sun set about 20 minutes after the crash Friday.
Scroggins faces charges of vehicular homicide and driving with a license suspended in the third degree.
Scroggins was convicted of DUI in Washington state in April 2009.
He hired a private attorney, Adrian Madrone, who asked the Whatcom County Superior Court commissioner to reduce bail from $500,000 to $50,000 at a court hearing Monday. Scroggins, an auto mechanic, has been getting treatment for stomach cancer, Madrone said. He’s engaged, has lived in Whatcom County since the late ’80s, and recently did volunteer work for youth services, painting murals on buildings to ward off unwanted graffiti. Scroggins rents a home off Alabama Street but on the west side of the freeway.
Commissioner David M. Thorn kept bail at $500,000, citing concerns over Scroggins’ criminal history.