Pedestrian hit crossing truck route

Published on Thu, Mar 6, 2008 by ara Nelson

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Pedestrian hit crossing truck route

By Tara Nelson

Blaine police officers are investigating a pedestrian-car collision involving an elderly man and a B.C. driver.

Timothy L Mosby, 63, of Red Bluff, California, was hit around 11 a.m. Monday as he attempted to cross SR 543, otherwise known as the truck route, as the crosswalk sign read “Do not walk”.

As of Tuesday, Mosby was in serious condition at St. Joseph Hospital, a hospital spokesperson confirmed.

Blaine police said although it was raining at the time the man, whose last known residence was Red Bluff, California, was wearing bright clothing and was traveling through Blaine on foot from another state, and possibly looking for a bus stop at the time.

Officers did not say whether the man was homeless or suffered from mental illness.

He was struck by a newer black southbound Mercedes driven by a Canadian motorist from B.C.

Witnesses at the scene reported that the driver had a green traffic light at the time.

The collision threw Mosby several yards, off the roadway onto the shoulder south of the southwest corner of the intersection.

A Blaine police officer and a Whatcom County Sheriff’s department deputy were nearby at the time of the crash, and delivered initial first aid until medic units from North Whatcom Fire and Rescue and Medic One arrived.

Traffic in the intersection was impacted for about one hour while officers investigated.

Officers from the U.S. Border Patrol and Washington State DOT also assisted at the scene.