A Blaine man is recovering after he was struck by a vehicle on I-5 after getting out of his car following a single-vehicle collision.
Peter Kovtun, 26, was traveling southbound on I-5 near milepost 241 in Skagit County at about 2:05 a.m. on December 7. His vehicle, a white 2014 BMW 428, lost control, struck a barrier to the right side and came to rest in the left lane of the highway.
According to Washington State Patrol (WSP), Kovtun exited his vehicle and was standing next to it when he was then struck by a black 2018 Toyota Highlander driving in the same lane. The Toyota was driven by 61-year-old Fu Ren of Vancouver, B.C., who was not injured or cited in the collision.
According to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s WSDOT North Traffic Twitter feed, the collision resulted in the closure of all southbound lanes while WSP and WSDOT’s Incident Response Team attended the collision scene.
Kovtun was transported from the scene to the University of Washington’s (UW) Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where a nursing supervisor told The Bellingham Herald that he was in critical condition on the morning of December 7.
Traffic was redirected to the exit at Nulle Road to get around the collision scene, until the scene was cleared around 4:41 a.m.
Contacted by The Northern Light on December 9, a spokesperson for UW Medicine said that Kovtun was in “satisfactory condition.”
WSP cited “speeds too fast for conditions” as the cause of Kovtun’s initial single-vehicle collision. WSP’s press memo stated that drugs or alcohol were not involved in the incident.
A GoFundMe page has been created for Kovtun by a friend and is located online at gofundme.com/f/peter-i-kovtun.