Crime

Rollover crash injures adults, kids from Lynden and Custer

Five Whatcom County residents – including three children under 10 – were injured in a Yakima County wreck about 3 p.m. Thursday, June 30.

Josh E. Bouma, 35, of Lynden, was headed east on state Highway 24 about 20 miles east of Moxee, driving a white Dodge pickup towing a 20-foot trailer. He tried to pass another vehicle, lost control, and the pickup flew off the road and rolled, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Bouma and his passengers were taken by ambulance to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. They are Kathy J. Miller, 28, of Custer; Domonick Miller, 5, of Custer; Clayton Bouma, 9, of Lynden; and Tyler Bouma, 7, of Lynden.

Josh E. Bouma was listed in serious condition Friday, July 1, a hospital spokesperson said. Kathy Miller and Clayton and Tyler Bouma were treated and released. Domonick Miller was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was in serious condition in the intensive care unit Friday afternoon.

Everyone in the truck was wearing proper restraints, according to the crash report.

Highway 24 is a straight two-lane road through open country and farmland west of the Hanford Reach. Speed limit is 55 mph.

Bouma was cited for negligent driving in connection with the wreck, which was blamed on “unsafe passing,” according to WSP.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @bhamMitty

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