Ferndale man killed by hit-and-run driver while walking along Grandview Road Thursday

A Ferndale man died after he was struck by a car while walking along Grandview Road approximately a mile north of Ferndale early Thursday morning. Police are searching for the driver of the car that fled the scene of the incident.

Ferndale resident Daniel W. Holcomb, 51, died after he was struck at approximately 3:27 a.m. while walking westbound on Grandview Road near Atwood Road, just east of the exit ramp from northbound Interstate 5, according to the Washington State Patrol release on the incident.

The unidentified vehicle driven by the unidentified driver struck Holcomb from behind, as it traveled westbound on Grandview, the release said. The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

“Somebody out there knows something, for sure,” Trooper Heather Axtman told The Bellingham Herald in an interview Thursday, “and we strongly urge them to give us a call.”

In a press release later Thursday, Axtman said the State Patrol believes Holcomb was hit by a truck or SUV that would now have damage to the front right portion of the vehicle as well as a damaged bug shield.

If you have any information about the incident, the State Patrol asks that you contact Detective Charles Sletten at or call 360-654-1144.

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.