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Troopers seek witnesses of fatal Blaine hit and run

State troopers are trying to track down witnesses of a hit and run that left a bicyclist dead in Blaine.

A northbound pickup struck and killed a cyclist Thursday evening, Jan. 22, at State Route 543 and H Street, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The cyclist, Doulgas Oliver Benton, 53, tried to cross the intersection diagonally against a red light at 5:37 p.m., according to state troopers. The pickup, later identified as a green ’93 Ford Ranger, struck and killed Benton, then kept going. (At least one witness misidentified the truck as white.)

Benton did not have a helmet on. He died from blunt chest trauma.

Andrey Sergeyvich Kirichkov, 26, of Blaine, walked to the scene to turn himself in around 8:15 p.m. He told a trooper he’d driven off in part because his license had been suspended in the first degree.

“I did this,” he said, according to charging papers. “I hit him.”

Troopers went to Kirichkov’s home on E Street, where the pickup had been parked, and found damage to the windshield and around the front passenger side headlight.

Kirichkov was released from jail Saturday on $30,000 bond.

If you witnessed the crash, or have info that could help investigation, call Detective Dan Comnick at 360-757-2008.

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