Two occupants were hospitalized Thursday night after the car they were in collided with a motorcycle on Interstate 5 north of Ferndale. Alcohol and speed were the suspected causes of the wreck, according to the Washington State Patrol, and the driver of the car was charged with vehicular assault.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:12 p.m. just north of the Grandview Road exit on I-5. A black, four-door 2000 Volkswagen Passat driven by Tristen N. Florence, a 21-year-old from Ferndale, was traveling in the left lane, while a blue 2009 Yamaha motorcycle ridden by Kevin Vo, a 22-year-old from Surrey, B.C., was in the right.
According to the Washington State Patrol release, the Passat changed lanes into the right-hand lane, driving between Vo's motorcycle and another motorcycle. The Passat struck a mirror on Vo's motorcycle, according to the report, and lost control, driving off the roadway and into the median on the left.
Vo was not injured, according to the report, and his motorcycle was driven from the scene, but Florence and Makyla M. Carpenter, an 18-year-old woman from Ferndale who was a passenger in the car, were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. Florence is in satisfactory condition Friday morning, according to St. Joseph's public information officer Bev Mayhew, while Carpenter is in critical condition.
The Washington State Patrol said via Twitter that the left two lanes of I-5 were blocked while crews tended to the incident and did not report the all clear until five hours later.