Emergency responders were dispatched to Lummi Shore Drive, near Haxton Way, this morning, June 6th, around 5am after getting a report of a vehicle in the creek.
According to Bellingham Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Bill Hewett, a Lummi Police officer arrived at the scene first and found the vehicle in the creek. The driver had self-extricated themselves from the vehicle and alerted the officer of a passenger still inside. The officer went into the water and got the passenger out of the vehicle and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until aid units arrived.
Hewett said aid units continued treating the patient but were unable to revive him/her at the scene.
Washington State Patrol (WSP) Trooper Heather Axtman confirmed there were two occupants in the vehicle at the time of the crash and the passenger had died. The driver was transported to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
According to WSP investigators, a red 1997 Honda Civic driven by Logan Carmona, age 29, of Blaine, was westbound on Lummi Shore Drive when it failed to negotiate a curve. The Honda left the roadway on the north side and entered the slough. The car ended up upside down fully submerged in the water.
The passenger’s identity is not being released until next of kin are notified.
Drugs and/or alcohol were involved according to WSP investigators and the driver, Carmona, will be charged with vehicular homicide.
Lummi Shore Drive was closed most of the morning while WSP Troopers conducted their investigation.
Carmona was named as the suspect in an attempted car theft at the Ferndale Pilot Travel Center in January. He pled guilty to the charge of theft of a motor vehicle and 2 counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (suboxin and clonazepam) in March. As a first time offender, Carmona was sentenced by the Court to 90 days for each count, to be served concurrently, with credit for time spent in custody before and during the trial and 2 years community supervision.
According to Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office records, Carmona was released on April 28th.