Hit-and-run crash injures Everson couple; driver at large

A hit-and-run driver remained at large Tuesday, Feb. 9, a day after a head-on crash seriously injured an Everson couple.

Jeffrey Bergman, 48, was driving a white ’98 Subaru Forester east on Everson Goshen Road around 6 p.m. with his wife, Jennifer M. Bergman, 50, when their car was struck head-on by a white Chevrolet Tahoe, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The ’02 Chevy had been turning left — to go west — from the parking lot of La Gloria Market, 7310 Everson Goshen, according to state troopers.

Both cars were totaled. The driver of the Tahoe, a man, ran from the car, said Trooper Heather Axtman. State troopers and sheriff’s deputies searched the woods and raspberry fields north of the market late into the night, with help from police dogs and a U.S. border helicopter, but the man remained at large Tuesday.

In the meantime the Bergmans, who live a half-mile from the scene of the collision, were rushed to St. Joseph hospital in Bellingham with severe injuries.

Jeffrey Bergman suffered fractures to his ribs and sternum, Axtman said. He remained at the hospital Tuesday in satisfactory condition, said Bev Mayhew, a PeaceHealth spokeswoman.

Both of Jennifer Bergman’s femurs were broken, according to state troopers. She was stabilized in Bellingham and then transferred to Harborview Medical Center. She remained there in serious condition in intensive care Tuesday.

Troopers believe they know the identity of the Tahoe driver. They have declined to release a name or a suspect description. It’s unclear whether he was hurt in the crash, Axtman said. He’s wanted on a charge of felony hit and run.

That stretch of Everson Goshen is part of State Route 544, the route that links Nooksack to Guide Meridian.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb