Ferndale, WA – The Washington State Patrol responded to a two-vehicle crash involving a Ferndale Police Officer and a civilian vehicle around 11:51 a.m. on April 11th, 2019.
According to a press memo from the Washington State Patrol, Officer William Hatchet of Ferndale was responding to a 9-1-1 call on Eastbound Main Street in an unmarked 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Ferndale Police Department vehicle with his emergency lights activated. Troopers say Hatchet Failed to yield the right of way at a red light at the intersection of Main Street and Barret Road and struck a 2016 Subaru Impreza being driven by 64-year old Teresa “Terri” Thompson of Ferndale.
Fire and medics used extrication tools called the “Jaws of Life” to cut Thompson from her vehicle and she was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. A GoFundMe Account set up for Thompson said she is in the Intensive Care Unit and has had three surgeries for a broken pelvis, internal bleeding and many other injuries. Hatchet was injured and transported to St. Joes Hospital in Bellingham with minor injuries and later released.
Troopers say the cause of the crash was Fail to Yield the Right of Way by the Officer.