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Motorcyclist dies of injuries suffered in Blaine crash

Scene of a motorcycle vs pickup truck crash in Blaine (June 6, 2023). Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol

BLAINE, Wash. — Washington State Patrol (WSP) reported Sunday, June 11th, that a motorcyclist involved in a June 6th crash in Blaine has died.

According to the press memo from WSP, a 1998 Ford F150 pickup truck was eastbound on Anderson Road when it failed to yield at a stop sign at Blaine Road (SR548) and pulled into the path of a southbound 2004 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The Harley-Davidson struck the front of the Ford and the rider ended up on the hood of the Ford. First responders were dispatched about 3pm to the scene of the crash.

The motorcycle rider was identified as a 58-year-old man from Blaine. It was determined he had been wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The Ford was driven by Jason Hugh Rennings, age 50 and also from Blaine, and a 69-year-old Blaine woman was the only passenger. Neither were injured in the crash and Rennings was determined to not have been wearing a seatbelt while the passenger had been.

Neither drugs nor alcohol were determined to have been involved and no charges were pending according to the WSP press memo.

Rennings was arrested and booked into Whatcom County Jail by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office the day of the crash due to an unrelated active arrest warrant for felony identity theft, 2nd-degree theft and 2nd-degree possession of stolen property. He was released from custody the following day after posting a $2,500 appearance bond.

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