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Driver accused of killing Ferndale teens posts $200k bond

William Klein, the driver accused of hitting four teenage boys and killing two of them in Ferndale on Wednesday, leaves the Whatcom County Superior Court at the Whatcom County Jail in Bellingham on Thursday, June 11, 2015.
William Klein, the driver accused of hitting four teenage boys and killing two of them in Ferndale on Wednesday, leaves the Whatcom County Superior Court at the Whatcom County Jail in Bellingham on Thursday, June 11, 2015. The Bellingham Herald

A Bellingham driver accused of striking four teenage boys, killing two, posted $200,000 bond Friday afternoon, June 12, and was released from jail.

William Jeffrey Klein, 34, crashed his eastbound Toyota 4Runner into a group of Windward High School students on the sidewalk of West Smith Road while they were on a gym class walk around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Whatcom County Prosecutor Dave McEachran.

Two of the boys, Shane L. Ormiston, 18, and Gabriel L. Anderson, 15, died at the scene from head injuries, according to the county medical examiner’s office. Two other boys, Michael A. Brewster and Kole A. Randall, suffered fractured left femurs and other injuries, the prosecutor said.

Ormiston and Anderson were from Ferndale. The Ferndale Haggen store is accepting donations to support the families of the four boys. Donations can be made at checkstands or at the customer service counter.

Klein claimed he’d fallen asleep, according to the state patrol. His son, 3, was in the Toyota. Troopers told media Klein was arrested when he admitted to being “impaired by drugs.” However, attorneys clarified on Thursday that while Klein said he used marijuana daily, he did not say he consumed the drug before driving. Results of blood and urine tests are pending.

Klein faces two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault. He posted bond around 2:30 p.m. Friday. He has no felony history, and he has lived in Whatcom County for about a decade. He owns a home on Kelly Road assessed at $180,000.

Ormiston’s graduation was the day before the crash. The last school day at Windward was Friday.

Reach Caleb Hutton at 360-715-2276 or caleb.hutton@bellinghamherald.com. Read the Dispatcher blog at bellinghamherald.com/dispatcher-blog and follow him on Twitter at @bhamcaleb.

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