The Washington State Patrol says alcohol played a role in an accident in which a man’s car veered off the road late Thursday night and crashed into a power pole and later a culvert, killing the only passenger. Police say that the passenger, identified as 21-year-old Axl Markusen from Blaine, was severely injured in the crash and pronounced dead after he later arrived at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham.
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.
Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys in Seattle, WA
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