Blaine woman is dead and Custer man faces charges after Mount Baker Highway crash

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Washington State Patrol continue to investigate a single-vehicle crash that occurred about 2 miles east of Deming on Mount Baker Highway (SR542) that left the passenger dead and the driver in jail facing multiple charges.

Christopher A Lundquist-Gust, age 20, of Custer, was booked into Whatcom County Jail this morning charged with driving under the influence, 3rd-degree driving while his license was suspended and vehicular homicide.

The charges followed the crash which occurred, according to investigators at the Washington State Patrol, (WSP) while Lundquist-Gust and his passenger, Cybil Hatcher, age 18, of Blaine, were westbound in a white 1999 Volkswagen Beetle on SR542 about midnight last night. The Volkswagen is reported to have struck a guardrail and then spun as it crossed into the eastbound lane, striking the other guardrail. The Volkswagen then rolled and came to rest on its roof.

The WSP say Lundquist-Gust was not injured but was transported to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham. He is reported to have been wearing his seat belt. Investigators had not been determined whether Hatcher had been wearing her seat belt.

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WSP investigators say alcohol and/or drugs are suspected to have been involved in the crash. The Volkswagen was considered a total loss.