2 Injured in Whatcom County DUI Accident on Portola Way
WHATCOM COUNTY, WA (September 9, 2020) – Sunday night, Ellen Bonebrake and another woman suffered injuries in a crash on Portola Way.
The incident happened around 7:29 p.m. near Portal Way and Birch Bay Lynden Road intersection. According to reports, 80-year-old Ellen M. Bonebrake sustained a broken back and will possibly face vehicular assault charges.
Bonebrake drove a 2014 Cadillac XTS northbound in the southbound lanes on Portal Way from Birch Bay Lynden Road. Then, she crashed with a gray 2010 BMW X3 head-on.
As a result, Bonebrake sustained a broken back, Trooper Rocky Oliphant revealed.
Meanwhile, the 27-year-old Bellingham female driver of the BMW was taken to St. Joseph’s hospital in Bellingham with injuries. Oliphant revealed that the Bellingham woman sustained a broken ankle.
On the other hand, two 6- and 9-year-old boys inside the BMW didn’t suffer injuries in the crash.
At this time, the State Patrol believes that alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash. However, the authorities haven’t arrested Bonebrake for suspected vehicular assault because she’s still admitted in the hospital.
The crash led to the closure of the roadway for around an hour during the investigation.
May this incident be a reminder for all motorists to drive responsibly. Drivers should also keep in mind that driving under the influence, distracted driving, speeding, and failing to yield will lead to dangerous road accidents.
What to Do after Crash on Portola Way
While driving is essential for many to move about in their lives, it is one of the most dangerous daily maneuvers. It is therefore important to know how to proceed in case you find yourself involved in a traffic collision.
On the AAA Foundation Web site, chief executive officer Peter Kissinger repeatedly labeled the epidemic of motor vehicle-related accidents a “public health crisis.”
Mark Sweet, a personal injury attorney at Sweet Lawyers, says that serious car accident cases may call for a separate investigation spearheaded by an experienced lawyer fighting on behalf of the injured party. A lawyer will make sure victims are not cheated from the proper compensation they are owed.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in a crash, reach out to the attorneys at Sweet Lawyers. Above all, we understand what you are going through, and our team is here to ensure your legal rights are safeguarded. Moreover, with over 40 decades in the field, we have the experience and the tools to win your case. Call us today at (800) 674 7852 for a free, no-obligation consultation. For your convenience, you can also reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by email, online chat, and text message.