The crash took place in the 300 block of Kline Road, approximately one mile north of Bellingham. The driver of the vehicle, 21-year-old Benjamin Lolkema of Ferndale, was also seriously injured in the crash.
According to Washington State trooper Keith Leary, Markusen was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. Leary also confirmed that alcohol was a factor, although he declined to provide details on Lolkema’s blood-alcohol level.
Drunk Driving Statistics
- In 2010, 170 people died in alcohol-related traffic collisions in Washington State – that’s approximately 1 fatality every 2.1 days.
- 37 percent of all traffic deaths in Washington State involved a DUI in 2010.