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Bellingham woman, 29, dies from injuries in Lakeway crash

A Bellingham woman critically hurt in a crash on Lakeway Drive died 1 ½ weeks later at a Seattle hospital, according to friends and family.

Lindsay L. Holliday, 29, sat in the front passenger seat of a teal Pontiac car on Feb. 25, a drizzly afternoon. Her fiancé, Darrell Robert Lee Haught, lost control of the car while westbound on Lakeway near Queen Street. The Pontiac hit the curb, tapped the back right corner of a Honda Accord, and went spinning almost 180 degrees into the eastbound lane.

An oncoming Ford F-150 crashed into the Pontiac’s passenger side. Holliday suffered multiple skull fractures and other life-threatening injuries. Her two children in the back seat — an infant boy and a toddler girl — weren’t hurt, Haught told a reporter at the scene.

Another driver told police Haught’s car had just passed him at a speed above the limit of 35 mph. Haught was arrested and charged with vehicular assault.

Holliday’s family held out hope for what would be a slow, lengthy recovery, according to posts by her mother, Cindi Holliday, on CaringBridge.org. Holliday was listed as “very critical” at the hospital before her condition seemed to improve slightly as she was stabilized. However, she died early this week. Her organs were to be donated.

Haught’s next court hearing has been scheduled for May 13. The county prosecutor’s office had no update Tuesday, March 10, about what charge Haught now faces. According to charging papers, the Pontiac was not insured; Haught did not have a valid license; and two of the car’s tires were below the minimum tread depth allowed under state law.

Haught was released from Whatcom County Jail after posting $50,000 bond on Feb. 26.

Holliday had given birth to a son, Stryker, three weeks before the crash. She and Haught planned to marry in summer.

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