Police seek driver in Bellingham hit-and-run crash

A small fire ignited in the taillight of a car after a hit-and-run crash near the intersection of Woburn and Texas streets Monday afternoon, May 30.

An 82-year-old woman was driving a ’70s Ford Fiesta south on Woburn Street just before 3:30 p.m., said Lt. Bob Vander Yacht, a spokesman with the Bellingham Police Department. She stopped for pedestrians in a crosswalk near the intersection.

An import pickup truck was southbound behind the Fiesta and rear-ended the car when the woman stopped. The pickup driver fled the scene in the vehicle heading south and was last seen at the intersection of Woburn and Iowa streets.

The crash caused the right taillight on the Fiesta to ignite, Vander Yacht said, but the fire didn’t spread much beyond the light before being extinguished. The car was towed from the scene.

The woman told emergency responders she was sore from the crash but did not report any injuries, Vander Yacht said.

The pickup’s front grill fell off at the scene, Vander Yacht said. The part number matches a Toyota Tacoma from 2005 to 2010. The truck was described as light silver or white with a matching canopy, and the driver as being about 25 years old with brown crew-cut hair and a stubble beard.

Anyone with information on the incident or the hit-and-run driver is asked to call the Bellingham Police Department’s traffic division at 360-778-8800.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan