William John Elfo, 28, the son of Whatcom County sheriff Bill Elfo, passed away on November 28 due to complications from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash that occurred last December.
The younger Elfo, who was 27 at the time of the accident, was driving a white 2002 Subaru Legacy at about 11:22 p.m. on December 18 on I-5 near Alger when the car entered the median. He attempted to drive out and overcorrected, causing the Subaru to roll over multiple times across two lanes. The car came to rest in the grass between the freeway and the exit, according to Washington State Patrol.
He was critically injured in the accident. I-5 was shut down so that a helicopter could land on the freeway to airlift him from the scene to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
“Our dear son, William John Elfo, went home to be with the Lord and his family in Heaven at 11:47 p.m. on Thanksgiving night,” sheriff Elfo wrote on Facebook on November 29. “We appreciate all of the prayers, love and support we received from so many since his accident on December 18.”
Sheriff Elfo, who regularly posted about his son’s recovery and setbacks since the accident, wrote that both he and his wife were present when their son passed away at Providence Hospice in Everett.
“We take solace in knowing that our merciful God is in control,” sheriff Elfo wrote. “We will provide more information and thanks in a few days but are going into seclusion for the time being.”