Bellingham woman hurt in 3-car crash on Lakeway Drive; driver arrested

A Bellingham driver was arrested after his 29-year-old fiancée suffered life-threatening injuries in a three-car crash Wednesday, Feb. 25, on Lakeway Drive.

Darrell Robert Lee Haught, 28, of Bellingham, told a reporter he lost control of his teal Pontiac Grand Prix on the wet road around 4:20 p.m. while westbound on Lakeway Drive near Queen Street. The Pontiac rear-ended a ’00 Honda Accord in the left lane, causing minor damage.

The Honda driver, Dave Dardano, 55, of Bellingham, said the Pontiac came up so fast he didn’t see it in his rear-view mirror.

“There was just a big boom behind me,” said Dardano, who wasn’t hurt. “It all happened in a half a second.”

The Pontiac spun almost 180 degrees into the eastbound lane. An oncoming ’06 Ford F-150 slammed into the front passenger side. Two children, a 3-year-old girl and a 3-week-old boy, in the back seat of the Pontiac were OK, Haught said.

His fiancée had been sitting in the front passenger seat. She was taken to St. Joseph hospital with severe injuries. An update on her condition wasn’t available Wednesday evening. She was breathing, witnesses said, when she was loaded into the ambulance.

The Pontiac was mangled on its passenger side, a front tire had been completely ripped apart, and its rear bumper dangled from one side. Haught said the spinning Ford hit it a second time, in the back. His right arm was coated in dry blood.

“I just wish it hadn’t happened,” Haught said. He and his fiancée planned to get married in summer.

Police booked Haught into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of vehicular assault and driving without a valid ID on Wednesday evening.

Mike Logan, 41, the Ford driver, wasn’t hurt, though his truck took major damage to its front driver’s side, and two of its tires were flattened.

Police expected Lakeway Drive would shut down between Puget and Woburn for hours while they investigated.