LYNDEN, WA–The Lynden Police Department’s Interim Chief who was struck by a vehicle Tuesday has died from his injuries.
On Tuesday, Nov. 5, at approximately 5:20 p.m. Michael F. Knapp, 79, of Lynden, was crossing Fourth Street when he was struck by a Maroon 1988 Chevrolet truck traveling Northbound.
The vehicle was traveling with headlights off, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Knapp was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition but later succumbed to his injuries.
The driver, 19-year-old Brant J. Hilverda, also of Lynden, was not injured and was released at the scene. The vehicle was impounded.
In a statement to the community, Knapp’s family asked for private time to cherish his memories and life.
His family released this statement:
“Michael was a family man that touched many and will be sorely missed. He offered so much to his family, friends and community. There will be a celebration of his life at a future date.
It is not known if drugs or alcohol were involved. The crash is still under investigation.