Police identify skateboarder injured in crash with car


Police have identified the Bellingham skateboarder who was seriously injured when he apparently ran a red light and collided with a car early Sunday.

Michael Marshall, 31, was in serious condition Tuesday in the intensive care unit of Harborview Medical Center, a hospital official said.

Marshall was conscious and talking, an improvement from his condition immediately after the 12:45 a.m. Sunday collision, said Bellingham Police Sgt. Carr Lanham.

Lanham said Marshall was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph hospital Sunday. Police said he was flown by helicopter to Harborview later that morning.

“He hit his head pretty hard into the car,” Lanham said.

Although the incident remains under investigation, Lanham said the 18-year-old Bellingham driver said she had a green light as she drove west on Alabama Street through the Orleans Street intersection.

Marshall was headed south on Orleans, riding an electric-powered longboard down the hill, Lanham said.

Lanham said the car had damage to its front right corner. The driver wasn’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he said.

He said there were no other witnesses.

Riding a skateboard in the road is against the law and Marshall was wearing dark clothes without a helmet, Lanham said.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty