A driver fled the scene of a deadly crash Monday, July 6, in rural Whatcom County southwest of Sumas.
Troopers believe a westbound Mitsubishi Eclipse was speeding around 6 p.m. when the driver lost control around a curve near 3011 Clearbrook Road, a four-mile drive southwest of Sumas.
The blue Eclipse crashed into a split-rail fence and continued another 30 to 50 feet down into an embankment, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis.
Firefighters arrived to find a man, about 20 years old, in the passenger seat. He’d been impaled in the upper torso by a wooden fence rail, Francis said. He died at the scene. His name hadn’t been released as of Monday evening.
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The driver ran from the wreck. He was described as Hispanic, wearing blue jeans and a black short-sleeved T-shirt under a white long-sleeved T-shirt.
Shortly afterward several 911 calls came in about a winded man running north on Van Buren Road.
Containers of beer were strewn “all over” the inside of the car, Francis said.
Sheriff’s deputies, U.S. border agents, a U.S. border helicopter and police dogs responded to search for the driver.