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Ferndale man wasn’t wearing a seat belt when he lost control of pickup, police say

State trooper shows you how seat belts save kids’ lives

B.D. Thompson of the Washington State Patrol demonstrates the "Kid-A-Pult," which shows how kids without seat belts can be injured in a car wreck. In Washington, the minimum fine for not securing a child in a car seat is $475.
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B.D. Thompson of the Washington State Patrol demonstrates the "Kid-A-Pult," which shows how kids without seat belts can be injured in a car wreck. In Washington, the minimum fine for not securing a child in a car seat is $475.

A Ferndale man was rushed by ambulance to the hospital after he was thrown from his pickup truck and injured in a rollover crash late Tuesday, May 7, the Washington State Patrol said.

Devon W. Hill, 36, was in serious condition Wednesday morning at St. Joseph hospital, a nursing supervisor told The Bellingham Herald. The extent of his injuries wasn’t disclosed.

A state patrol report on the crash said Hill was headed west on Bay Road about three miles north of Ferndale when he lost control of his 1997 Toyota pickup, then over-corrected and lost control.

He wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the pickup, which landed in a yard, the state patrol report said.

Speeding was listed as a cause of the crash by the state patrol report. Google Earth mapping shows the speed limit is 45 mph.

Property was damaged, according to the report, but what was damaged and its value wasn’t immediately known.

Hill’s truck was reported as a total loss.

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Robert Mittendorf covers civic issues, weather, traffic and how people are coping with the high cost of housing for The Bellingham Herald. A journalist since 1984, he’s also a volunteer firefighter for South Whatcom Fire Authority.
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