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Initial report: Former Ferndale Police Chief Knapp reported hospitalized

FERNDALE, Wash. β€” Unofficial sources report former Police Chief Michael Knapp was struck by a vehicle while walking across a street in Lynden late this afternoon. His injuries were described as critical and he was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Officials with the City of Lynden, where Knapp has been recently serving as interim police chief issued the following:

Today, November 5, 2019 at 5:15 pm there was a car versus pedestrian crash at Grover and 4th Streets in Lynden, Washington.  Interim Lynden Police Chief Michael Knapp was critically injured after being struck by a vehicle.  He is being flown to Harborview Medical Center where he is being treated for his injuries.   The accident scene is active and currently being investigated by the Washington State Patrol. Further information will be provided in the forthcoming days.

The Washington State Patrol was dispatched to the scene and began an investigation of the crash according to Trooper Heather Axtman.

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Axtman said Knapp, age 79, was struck by a 1988 Chevrolet pickup driven by a 19-year-old male. The driver stayed at the scene and was cooperative with investigators.

Axtman said Knapp was transported to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham before being airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

No further information is currently available.

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9 Comments

  1. Gary Gary November 5, 2019 at 8:49pm

    Prayers for Mike. He is true gentleman.

  2. Mandi Andrewson Mandi Andrewson November 5, 2019 at 9:20pm

    Oh no! We are many praying for Chief Knapp’s recovery and family.

  3. Yvonne Goldsmith Yvonne Goldsmith November 5, 2019 at 9:49pm

    Praying for Chief Knapp and his family. Please contact your social media lists and get the prayers flowing.

  4. Ronaye Tylor Ronaye Tylor November 5, 2019 at 9:49pm

    Love and prayers to Chief and Nancy and their family. Such wonderful people, they are so loved.

  5. Debbie Wharton Debbie Wharton November 5, 2019 at 10:17pm

    Prayers to the Knapp family. Extra love and prayers to Chief.

  6. Laurie Irwin Laurie Irwin November 5, 2019 at 11:17pm

    My prayers to Chief & Nancy. Be strong Chief!!

  7. Brenda Hawley Brenda Hawley November 6, 2019 at 5:42am

    Prayers for Mike and Nancy.

  8. Carol Brumet Carol Brumet November 6, 2019 at 7:55am

    Mike is one of the finest men I have had the honor to know. Prayers for our beloved Chief and Nancy.

  9. Linda Priesing Linda Priesing November 6, 2019 at 10:48am

    Linda Priesing prayers for a full recovery. Miss Nancy our thoughts are with you and your family.

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