Mom Injured, Father and Infant Die in Mother’s Day Crash

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Bellingham, WA – The Washington State Patrol responded to a three vehicle, head-on crash on State Route 542 near Mosquito Lake Road around 10:30 a.m. on Mother’s Day, May 14th, 2017.

According to a press memo from the Washington State Patrol, 71-year old Larry Fitzgerald of Maple Falls was traveling Eastbound on State Route 542, just East of Mile Post 15 in a Maroon 1994 Chevrolet Suburban 4-door.

Photo: WSP

The press memo states Mr. Fitzgerald’s vehicle crossed the center line  for an unknown reason and struck  a Westbound 2012 Toyota Yaris being driven by 24-year old Pamela Moyer of Bellingham.  The force of the crash caused her vehicle to rollover where it  came to rest on the Westbound Shoulder of State Route 542.   Mr. Fitzgerald’s Suburban continued Eastbound in the Westbound Lane and then struck a 1998 Subaru Legacy head-on.  The Subaru Legacy  was being driven by the husband of the first vehicle,  25-year old Phillip Moyer of Ferndale. The Suburban came to rest in the Eastbound Lane and the Subaru Legacy came to rest in the Westbound Ditch according to the press release.

Photo: WSP

Firefighters and medics responded to the scene and used extrication tools to remove the victims from the vehicles and they attempted to perform CPR on Mr. Moyer and the couples  5-month old baby girl, Penelope Moyer.  Both Mr. Moyer and Baby Penelope Moyer  died at the scene.

Larry Fitzgerald and Pamela Moyer were both injured and transported to Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham.

All Three vehicles were impounded to the Washington State Patrol Bullpen in Bellingham for safe keeping.

The press memo states all three adult occupants of the vehicles were wearing seat belts and the infant was properly secured in an approved car seat.

It is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash but Troopers say they are doing a full  investigation to see if the causing driver was impaired and what may have caused the crash. Possible  charges against the causing driver are under investigation.

A Go Fund Me Account has been set up by friends and co-workers of the Moyer Family. The fundraiser has raised over $21,000 dollars of the $20,000 goal in nine hours. The Fundraiser was set up  to help offset funeral and memorial costs for Pamela Moyer.  If you’d like to donate, please click here. https://www.gofundme.com/9upba-final-expenses

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Chris Nelson
I'm a long time Skagit County Resident. I believe in doing the right thing and helping others when you can.

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