1 charged with DUI after head-on crash on Vista Drive Thursday

crash scene on Vista Drive north of Fox Road
Crash scene on Vista Drive north of Fox Road (November 8, 2018). Photo: My Ferndale News
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First responders were dispatched to a report of a crash in north Ferndale on Vista Drive near Fox Road (see map below) Thursday, November 8th, about 5:30pm.

Investigators with the Washington State Patrol (WSP) said a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle had collided head-on.

According to a press memo from the WSP, at the time of the crash, Larrissa Shicole Barber, of Bellingham, age 24, was driving a red 2013 Ford Focus southbound on Vista Drive and Johnathon R McCoy, of Blaine, age 30, was driving a 1993 Kawasaki KL650 motorcycle northbound on Vista Drive. The Ford crossed the centerline and collided head-on with the oncoming Kawasaki. The Ford ended up down a hill on the east side of the road and the Kawasaki came to rest on the northbound shoulder.

McCoy was transported to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. According to Whatcom County Fire District 7 Division Chief Ben Boyko, McCoy was in serious condition when medics transported him from the crash site. WSP Trooper Heather Axtman reported McCoy had multiple leg fractures.

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Barber was extricated from her vehicle several feet down the hill by aid crews, Boyko said. This required using ladders and clearing the brush with chainsaws.

WSP said Barber was also transported to PeaceHealth and then booked into the Whatcom County Jail charged with suspicion of a felony count of driving under the influence (DUI) and vehicular assault.

Barber is reported by WSP to have been wearing her seatbelt and McCoy was wearing a helmet. Both vehicles were considered total losses and taken to a WSP impound lot.

Vista Drive was closed between Fox Road and Olson Road for several hours after the crash.

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Joe Beaulaurier
Beaulaurier is the founder of My Ferndale News. As a Ferndale resident, he hopes to empower the community with free access to news that matters and makes a difference in the day-to-day challenges faced while we work and live in the Ferndale area.