Highspeed car crash takes one life, one seriously injured

Published on Thu, Jan 6, 2005 by Jack Kintner

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High speed car crash takes
one life, one seriously injured

By Jack Kintner

Ronald Sanchez, 46, died early New Year’s Day when he lost control of his 1988 Porsche on Birch Bay Drive near Cottonwood Drive. Sanchez was southbound at what the Washington State Patrol called a “high rate of speed” and left the road to the right, snapping off a telephone pole 10 feet off the ground before rolling over several times and coming to rest upside down on the beach, all four occupants having been ejected.

Lt. Tim Vander Mey of North Whatcom Fire & Rescue Service (NWFRS) said that all four passengers were laying on the beach when he arrived shortly after getting the call at 3:30 a.m. “A lot of people were there to help carry equipment and point out where the victims were lying,” he said, “and I really appreciated that.”

Sanchez died en route to St. Joseph Hospital in one of three NWFRS aid units that responded along with one engine, although there was no fire. Three other passengers, all in their 20’s, survived. Aaron Struthers, 24, of Blaine was admitted in critical condition and later was transferred to Harborview Hospital in Seattle, where his condition improved to serious earlier this week. Jonathan Gunderson, 23, of Blaine was treated and released, and Soren Korzybski, 21, of Bellingham was treated by firefighters at the scene.

An account has been set up to benefit the victims’ families. Donations to the Sanchez Struthers Trust Account can be made at any branch of Bank Northwest.