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Everson man arrested, charged with hit-and-run after bicyclist injured in E Pole Road crash

EVERSON, Wash. — First responders were dispatched about 6:55am, Thursday, June 8th, to the intersection of E Pole Road (SR544) and Coleman Drive in Everson due to reports of a car versus bicyclist crash.

Approximate location of the crash

According to a press memo from the Washington State Patrol, the bicycle was eastbound (northbound through that section of road just outside Everson) on the shoulder of the road when it was struck after a 2013 Nissan Frontier pickup truck traveling the same direction crossed onto the shoulder.

The Nissan left the scene and was located later by Everson Police.

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The 27-year-old bicyclist from Lynden was transported to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center by a medic unit under advanced life support (ALS) protocol. She was reported to have not been wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The driver of the Nissan was identified as Rafael Toribio Lopez, age 24 and of Everson. He was determined to have been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and neither alcohol nor drugs were found to have been factors in the cause of the crash.

Lopez was arrested and booked and released at the Whatcom County Jail by the Washington State Patrol charged with suspicion of hit-and-run of an attended vehicle.

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