Three People Injured in a Head-On Collision on Highway 9 Near East Badger and Easterbrook Roads Just South of Sumas
BELLINGHAM, WA (January 30, 2018) – Three people were critically injured in a head-on collision where east badger road curves north and becomes easterbrook road on Tuesday night around 9:15 PM.
Tre J. Cherochak, was driving a 2014 Honda Accord southbound on State Route 9, when he drifted and crossed the median, crashing head-on with a 2014 Chrysler 300. The 25-year-old Everson man wasn’t wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident, and was thrown from his car on the road.
Trooper Heather Axtman stated that the speed limit at 50 but the Accord was traveling at high speeds. Cherochak was suspected to be involved in a separate hit-and-run accident in Sumas just before this accident. He was also suspected to be under the influence of both drugs and alcohol, and could face felony charges if he survives.
Occupants of the Chrysler, 47-year-old Bernetta B. Scully of Sumas, and 16-year-old Henry Ruiz were both wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Roger DeBruin from Whatcom County Fire District 14, said that the force of the crash spun scully’s car around and left it blocking the roadway.
Ruiz was trapped inside of the car for over 20 minutes, and was saved by fire personnel. Hydraulic tools were used to cut him free and transport him to medical treatment. He sustained two broken legs, and was
Both Cherochak and Ruiz were flown by helicopter to the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. They were transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and reported to be in critical condition. Cherochak has life-threatening injuries. Scully was treated and released on Tuesday from the St. Joseph for a broken ankle.
Around 20 firefighters from 2 agencies worked to help the injured. Whatcom County Fire District 1 responded to the scene of the crash, along with Bellingham Fire’s Medic One and Fire District 7.
Friends of the Ruiz established a fund to help with the teen’s medical expenses at People’s Bank, account No. 6049035378, or at Paypal.
There is an ongoing investigation on the possible DUI crash.
When involved in an accident, it is important to remain on the scene and call authorities. Driving away from a crash is not only a felony, but it is also dangerous for both you and others involved in the crash. Drive with caution and abide the laws of the road, to prevent injuries and fatalities.
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