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Ferndale, Washington – Hit and Run Leads to Chase

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Posted on April 3, 2020

Ferndale, Washington (March 27, 2020) – A hit and run occurred in the area of Grandview Road and Portal Way on Thursday morning, leading to a chase. According to an article from My Ferndale News, the suspect, 37 year old Ryan S. Boyd, sustained dog bite wounds to the leg after being tracked down by a K-9 unit. He was treated for the injuries and has been booked into Whatcom County Jail. No other injuries were mentioned in the incident.

According to the report, Washington State Patrol Trooper Heather Axtman was dispatched to the area around 10:45 a.m. A trooper eventually caught up with the suspect’s vehicle and attempted to pull it over, but sped away, with the vehicle later found at the 3200 block of Bay Road. At this point a K-9 unit from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office was called in to locate the suspect, and Boyd was taken into custody around 1:30 p.m. He has been charged with attempting to elude a police vehicle, 2nd degree driving with a suspended license, and failure to remain at the scene of a collision among others.

About Vehicle Accidents

In 2017, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)  have reported a total of 120, 993 car accidents. Of those accidents, 525 were fatal and 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. There are several types of collision that may happen, such as side collision, rollover collision, and head-on collision. Of the types of car accidents, head-on collisions are considered the most dangerous due to the circumstances – two cars are heading towards each other, with a great amount of force being experienced by all parties when the impact happens. While only 2% of car accidents are head-on collisions, they account for more than 10% of car-accident related injuries. These injuries are quite dangerous as most of them are head, spine or neck-related, including spinal injuries, brain injuries, paralysis, broken bones, and whiplash. Similarly, victims of side collisions and rollover collisions also suffer may also suffer head and neck injuries, though the risk is lower in these types of collisions. In rollover collisions, the car will come to rest on its side or roof, resulting in a dangerous situation which passengers might need to be extricated from. In side collisions, the greatest risk comes to the passenger on the particular side that received the impact. No matter the type of accident, all crashes are bound to cause a dreadful situation for all involved.

We urge all drivers to be careful while behind the wheel. When in a location where hazards such as poor illumination, rough roads or construction materials are present, be especially cautious. By doing this, we can ensure our safety as well as the safety of others in the nearby area.