Woman gravely hurt in wreck

A British Columbia couple were injured — one of them gravely — when the driver of a pickup truck ran a stop sign and their motorcycle hit the truck broadside about 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, on a rural road in northern Whatcom County east of Blaine.

A Washington State Patrol report said that a 1999 Chevrolet K1 pickup driven by Derek G. Tiemersma, 22, of Blaine, was southbound on Sunrise Road at the intersection of West Badger Road, and drove into the path of a 2005 Triumph driven by Michael S. Caldwell of Surrey, B.C.

Caldwell suffered serious injuries, including several broken bones, but was expected to survive, said Trooper Mark Francis of the State Patrol in Marysville. His wife, Beverly G. Raginski, 62, was seated behind him and suffered grave injuries, Francis said. Both were wearing helmets.

Francis said a witness to the crash stopped and began CPR on Raginski, who was unresponsive and not breathing. Both Caldwell and Raginski were taken by ambulance to St. Joseph hospital.

Tiemersma was not cited, but still could faces charges, Francis said. He was wearing his seat belt and was uninjured.

The accident remains under investigation.

Francis said that the layer of fog that gripped much of Whatcom County on Saturday morning was not a factor because it had lifted in the area before the crash.