Last updated on May 14, 2021 at 6:36am
WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — A T-bone crash at the intersection of E Hemmi Road and Hannegan Road resulted in both drivers being sent to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
First responders were dispatched to a report of the crash at 6:10pm today, May 13th.
Washington State Patrol (WSP) said in a press memo released at 10:45pm, a silver 2013 Hyundai Elantra sedan westbound on E Hemmi Road failed to stop at the stop sign at Hannegan Road and attempted to turn northbound on Hannegan Road when it crashed into the side of a black 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup. As a result of the crash, the pickup truck rolled ending up on its side off the roadway.
The drivers were the only occupants in the vehicles and both were transported by aid crews to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham. WSP Trooper Anthony Reese said the driver of the Hyundai had serious life-threatening injuries and the driver of the Chevrolet had minor injuries.
As of 8pm, roads leading to the intersection remained closed while WSP continued their investigation.
WSP investigators determined the driver of the Hyundai, identified as Mariah R. Javier, age 22, had not been wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash. The Chevrolet driver, identified as a 35-year-old Blaine man, had been wearing their seatbelt.
It is unknown whether drugs or alcohol were involved. Failure to yield the right of way was given as the cause of the crash. Charges remain under investigation.
Both vehicles were towed from the scene.
UPDATE: 6:35am 5/14/21 – This story was updated with information from the WSP press memo