North Whatcom Fire & Rescue personnel and the Washington State Patrol (WSP) responded to a rollover crash on Blaine Road at Arnie Road last night in Birch Bay about 10:30pm last night, Saturday, August 4th.
According to a press memo from the WSP, a blue 1997 Honda Civic 4-door driven by Aaron B Moreau, age 33, from Ferndale, was southbound on Blaine Road while a black 2004 BMW 525 4-door was northbound, driven by Sean C Herrig, age 21, of Blaine. The Honda crossed the centerline, collided with the BMW and then rolled, coming to rest on its wheels on the shoulder of the road. The BMW ended up in the northbound lane. Neither driver was injured in the crash.
Moreau had 4 juvenile passengers with him in the Honda. Their ages ranged from 7- to 13-years-old. Two were injured in the crash and transported to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center. A person identifying themselves as a family member posted to social media saying, the “two oldest ones are in Harbor View (Medical Center in Seattle) waiting for surgery.”
The only passenger in the BMW, Jaydelyn K Roy, age 23, of Fife, was also injured in the crash and transported to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center.
Everyone in both vehicles were wearing their safety belts.
WSP investigators say drugs and/or alcohol were involved in the crash and cited driving under the influence (DUI) as the cause.
Moreau was subsequently booked into the Whatcom County Jail charged with suspicion of violating the terms of an ignition interlock drivers license, hit-and-run of an attended vehicle, DUI, vehicular assault and reckless endangerment.
Both vehicles were impounded to the WSP’s Bellingham station.