Bellingham Police investigate SUV vs pedestrian crash
A man crossing a Bellingham street suffered a head injury when he was struck by an SUV around noon Tuesday, according to police.
The man, 21, was walking west through a crosswalk in an S-curve around 12:30 p.m. by Master Lube, 1111 E. Maple St., when a northbound Nissan Pathfinder hit him.
On impact he hit the hood of the tan-gray Nissan, and he was thrown forward about 20 feet, according to police. He suffered an injury to his head. He was rushed from the scene in an ambulance.
Police reported around 2 p.m. that the man was awake and talking at St. Joseph hospital. His name hasn’t been released. No one else was hurt.
The crosswalk has flashing yellow lights, if pedestrians press a button before crossing. Investigators believe those lights were flashing when the pedestrian was struck, and the lights worked when tested after the fact, said Lt. Danette Beckley.
Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
Traffic officers took statements from witnesses, and asked the driver to walk them through what had happened. Another officer used yellow cones to mark evidence in the street: a take-out box, with orange noodles scattered north from the crosswalk; a black hat; and a crushed white water bottle.
Street names are confusing in that S-curve: Samish Way becomes Maple Street for a block or two, before it turns into Ellis Street.
County jail records suggest no one had been arrested in the case as of Wednesday morning. Police have not released information about possible charges.
This story was updated at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday.