Four cars hit woman who walks into Bellingham I-5 traffic

A woman walked into Interstate 5 traffic and was hit by four cars Saturday, Sept. 19, but she only suffered minor injuries, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The woman, 39, kicked off her shoes and took off her backpack on the southbound I-5 shoulder near Lakeway Drive around noon Saturday, said WSP spokesman Mark Francis.

Witnesses saw her step into the right lane in front of traffic. One car tried to swerve out of the way, struck her, and kept driving. The second car hit the woman with its right mirror before the driver pulled over, Francis said.

The woman then decided to lie down on the road and was struck by a third vehicle, which did not stop afterward. She got up and walked across the median into the northbound lanes, where another car struck her with its right mirror, Francis said.

All of the impacts were described by troopers as “glancing blows,” Francis said. Witnesses were able to restrain her until troopers arrived. She claimed she was being chased.

She was taken to the hospital for an involuntary mental health evaluation and given a ticket for pedestrian in traffic. Her only injury was a bruise above her eye, Francis said.

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