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32-year-old woman in traffic on Guide Meridian hit and killed by car near Smith Road

Here’s what’s causing Whatcom’s traffic fatalities

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission found that impaired driving, speeding and distracted driving all play large roles in fatal crashes on Whatcom County roads.
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The Washington Traffic Safety Commission found that impaired driving, speeding and distracted driving all play large roles in fatal crashes on Whatcom County roads.

A 32-year-old female pedestrian, who was reportedly in a lane of traffic on Guide Meridian north of Bellingham, died from injuries she suffered after being hit by a car Tuesday night, July 23.

According to the Washington State Patrol report on the incident, Alyssa N. Greene of Bellingham was in the right lane of northbound State Route 539 just south of Smith Road, when she was struck by a red 2002 Chevrolet Malibu at approximately 10:43 p.m.

“We got phone calls of a pedestrian who was out in the roadway,” Trooper Rocky Oliphant told The Bellingham Herald. “About two minutes later, we got the first call that a pedestrian had been struck. ... They don’t know the reason she was out in traffic yet, and I don’t know if we’ll ever know the reasoning.”

Oliphant said the first trooper on scene attempted CPR, but Greene was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 23-year-old female driver from Ferndale and her 47-year-old male passenger from Chehalis were uninjured in the incident, according to the report. The driver was not impaired, the report stated.

According to a tweet by Trooper Heather Axtman at 1:41 a.m., the Guide was completely reopened to traffic.

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation crash portal, this was the seventh death on Whatcom County roadways in 2019, though that number did not include a bicyclist who was hit and killed by an Amtrak passenger train while crossing the tracks at F Street in Bellingham in March.

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WSDOT data shows Tuesday’s fatality was the second this year involving a pedestrian in Whatcom County.

There were three pedestrian-involved fatal collisions in 2018, according to WSDOT data, out of 13 total fatal crashes in Whatcom County last year.

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.
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