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Driver cited in crash that injured motorcyclist

Bellingham Police investigate collision between SUV and motorcycle on Roeder Avenue

The scene of where an SUV and motorcycle collided on Roeder Avenue on Thursday, Sept. 14, in Bellingham.
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The scene of where an SUV and motorcycle collided on Roeder Avenue on Thursday, Sept. 14, in Bellingham.

Police have released details of a crash Thursday that severely injured a motorcycle rider.

Robert Barnes, 23, of Bellingham, was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph hospital after the 11:40 a.m. wreck, when he was struck by a SUV that turned into his path on Roeder Avenue/West Chestnut Street at Central Avenue.

Barnes was flown by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle later that afternoon. Bellingham Police said he suffered a severe injury to his lower right leg.

A Harborview official said Barnes remains in serious condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Bellingham Police Officer Scott Stewart was praised Thursday for quick action that may have saved Barnes’ life.

Stewart arrived a few minutes before firefighters and applied a tourniquet from his first aid kit to stop heavy bleeding from Barnes’ leg.

The driver of the 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser, Joshua Lannan, 29, was issued a citation for failure to stop/yield at an intersection, said Bellingham Police Lt. Danette Beckley. Lannan, also of Bellingham, pulled into Barnes’ path, officers at the scene said.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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