Woman dies, husband seriously injured in crash

A Canadian woman has died after a collision last weekend outside of Lynden.

Beverly Raginski of Surrey was riding behind her husband, Michael Caldwell, on their 2005 Triumph motorcycle when they struck the side of a pickup truck that had run a stop sign.

Derek Tiemersma of Blaine was driving his 1999 Chevrolet K1 pickup southbound on Sunrise Road as Caldwell and Raginski rode eastbound on West Badger Road. The  accident occurred about 9 a.m. on September 27.

According to Washington State Patrol, a witness to the accident stopped and administered CPR to Raginski, who was not breathing after the collision. Both Caldwell and Raginski had been wearing helmets at the time of the accident.

Caldwell, 61, received serious injuries, including several broken bones, but is expected to recover. Raginski, 62, suffered more severe injuries to her neck and chest. The couple was admitted to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, where Raginski succumbed to her injuries on September 29.

Tiemersma, 22, was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured during the crash. Washington State Patrol has not cited him, but charges may still arise. Tiemersma tested negative for drugs and alcohol. An investigation is currently underway.

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