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A 21-year-old male Western Washington University student was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street at the Bill McDonald Parkway and South College Way intersection at about 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, Bellingham Police said.
The victim has since been identified by Bellingham Police as Seth R. Thompson.
“[The man] has obvious but apparently not life-threatening injuries,” Bellingham Police Sergeant Dave Johnson said.
The victim sustained injuries, including damages to his nose and shoulder, Bellingham Police Lieutenant Robert Vander Yacht said in a phone interview Friday morning, Jan. 17.
The incident occurred between Western’s Buchanan Towers and the Viking Gardens apartment complex on Bill McDonald Parkway.
“I saw the car go straight through the light, but I couldn’t tell if the light was green or red,” said Western junior Kimee Kipperberg, who was at the scene.
After the collision, the man began screaming extremely loudly, Western freshman Corinna Sherman said.
“The suspect vehicle was traveling eastbound down Bill McDonald Parkway at the intersection with South College Way,” Sgt. Johnson said. “The suspect vehicle struck the victim, who was in the crosswalk, and the vehicle fled the scene.”
According to a news release from the Bellingham Police Department, witnesses say the car was traveling 25-30 mph, which is near the posted speed limit on that section of the road.
The victim was taken to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Western’s Communications Director Paul Cocke said.
The victim has since been released from the hospital, said Lacey Ballard, the victim’s roommate. Lt. Vander Yacht confirmed this information Friday morning.
His only serious injury was a broken nose, Ballard said.
“The kid was crossing the street from Buchanan Towers over to the apartments when a car came down the road,” Kipperberg said. “You could hear [the vehicle] brake ever so slightly. Then we heard the rearview mirror shatter. Then we saw the kid on the ground.”
The suspect drove a white, four-door sedan with a black bottom and black rearview mirrors, Kipperberg said.
Police suspect the vehicle was a mid-90s Honda Civic, Lt. Vander Yacht said.
“We thought it was fake at first because it was so surreal,” Western freshman Morgan Ross said. “It’s not a normal scream that you hear.”
Other witnesses who were on the street at the time report that the car that hit the victim was full of other passengers, Ross said.
“Nobody got the license plate because it happened so fast,” Kipperberg said.
If you have any information regarding the incident, contact Bellingham Police at 360-778-8800