The Bellingham Herald reported that a pedestrian was killed after being run over by two drivers on the evening of Saturday, February 18th.
Bellingham Police reported that the 47-year-old victim, Brandon E. Mast, was seen yelling on a sidewalk before he was hit.
The first driver to strike Mr. Mast reportedly told police that they did not observe the victim until they collided with him near a crosswalk while driving south on North Samish Way. After the collision, this driver reported pulling over immediately and engaging the vehicle’s hazard lights.
Mr. Mast, laying in the road and unilluminated by any crosswalk lights, was tragically struck once more by another driver. The second driver, who reportedly noticed the first vehicle that had already pulled over, was unsuccessful in their attempts to stop or swerve to avoid hitting Mr. Mast. This driver, too, pulled over after the collision.
Both drivers remained at the scene when police arrived. The Bellingham Police did not report that either driver was suspected of being under the influence or committing any speeding violations.
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