Crime

Man in serious condition after three-car crash in Lynden

One man was in serious condition and two other people had minor injuries following a three-car crash early May 5, 2015, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Around 5:40 a.m. Tuesday, Ruben Jerome Benjamin, 18, of Blaine drove a Nissan Sentra on Badger Road near Depot Road when he crossed the center line and struck a Ford Fiesta head-on, said State Patrol spokesman Travis Shearer. The Sentra then hit a pickup truck that was following the Fiesta.

Dewayne Joseph Marion, 38, from Nevada was a passenger in the Sentra, and paramedics flew him to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition Tuesday morning, Shearer said. The hospital said later Tuesday that he was in serious condition in the intensive care unit. Troopers said Marion was not wearing a seat belt.

Benjamin had minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph hospital. The driver of the Fiesta, 52-year-old Margie Ann Ocheltree of Sumas, also had minor injuries and was sent to St. Joseph hospital, Shearer said. Larry Dean Kent, 42, of Bellingham drove the pickup truck and had no injuries. All three were wearing seat belts.

The Sentra and Fiesta sustained heavy front-end damage and were towed. The pickup truck was driven from the scene.

Troopers determined no drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash. They are investigating what caused the Sentra to cross the center line. Charges are pending.

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