A 36-year-old bicyclist from the Maple Falls area was killed on Kendall Road Saturday evening, Jan. 26, and the driver who hit him was booked into jail for leaving the scene, according to Washington State Patrol.
Two cyclists -- Steven E. Waterman and Daniel G. McKay, 51 -- were riding in the 8000 block of Kendall Road near Oregon Trail Road about 8:15 p.m. when they were hit by a 1994 Ford Escort. The two-lane road in that area has narrow shoulders and no designated bike lanes.
Waterman died at the scene, which was about a mile north of the Kendall Road/Mount Baker Highway junction. McKay, who lives in the Maple Falls area, was injured and taken to St. Joseph hospital for treatment, according to state patrol.
The Escort driver, 57-year-old Debra G. Peterson, stopped and checked on the bicyclists. But then she left the scene and reportedly returned to her Maple Falls-area home. She was later arrested and booked into jail with charges of hit and run pending, according to state patrol. She was in Whatcom County Jail as of Sunday morning.
Her car, which had what the state patrol considered "reportable damage," was impounded for evidence.
That area of Kendall Road was shut down for hours for the investigation.