FERNDALE, Wash. - Detectives with the Washington State Patrol are asking for witnesses to come forward after a Ferndale police officer crashed his SUV into a woman’s car last week, Trooper Heather Axtman announced Tuesday.
According to the Washington State Patrol, Teresa Thompson, 64, had a green light and was turning left Thursday just before noon. Investigators said she had the right of way as she entered the intersection at Main Street and Joe Moser Lane.
Troopers say an unmarked patrol car with its lights on failed to yield and crashed into Thompson's Subaru. Troopers are investigating if the siren was also sounding.
“WSP detectives are examining all aspects that led to this collision and are seeking additional witnesses that may have information surrounding this collision,” the State Patrol wrote Tuesday in a news release.
Thompson was flown to Harborview Medical Center, and her daughter told KIRO 7 she has already had multiple surgeries to repair internal injuries. Thompson is a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Besides working as a bookkeeper at a local grocery store, she is the primary caregiver for her husband who recently had a stroke and her disabled son.
Thompson's daughter, Stefanie Weis told KIRO 7 she is with her at Harborview. She is focused on her mom's recovery and is waiting to learn more from investigators about what actually happened.
Anyone with who witnessed the collision is asked to email or call Detective Dan Comnick at Daniel. Comnick@wsp.wa.gov or call 360-757-2008.
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