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Police ID pedestrian killed by car on Old Fairhaven Parkway

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A pedestrian killed by a car Sunday night in the Happy Valley neighborhood has been identified, Bellingham police said.

Kathleen Lord, 74, died after she was struck about 7:15 p.m. Sunday in a marked crosswalk on the 2700 block of Old Fairhaven Parkway, Bellingham police Lt. Danette Beckley said.

That location is across from Happy Valley Park, where the Interurban Trail intersects the street. The speed limit is 35 mph, with one lane of traffic in each direction and a center turn lane.

“Witnesses confirm the flashing signals were activated,” Beckley said. “This particular location was described as well-lit.”

Bellingham Fire Department sent an engine company, a medic unit and an EMS supervisor, based on the serious nature of the 911 call, Assistant Chief Bill Hewett said.

“When they arrived, we had a critical patient that we quickly loaded and transported to St. Joesph (hospital),” Hewett said. Medical privacy laws prevent further comment on the patient’s injuries.

Beckley said the driver of the car that killed Lord is a 22-year-old woman from outside the Bellingham area. Beckley didn’t release the woman’s name, citing an open investigation. No charges have been filed.

“A drug-recognition expert on scene determined that neither alcohol nor drugs were a contributing factor in this tragic collision,” Beckley said.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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