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The car crashed into a culvert near State Route 11, killing a 6-year-old inside. Phtoto from the Washington State Patrol.

BELLINGHAM – A 6-year-old boy was killed in a rollover car accident Monday afternoon near Bellingham when an SUV a woman was driving launched over barriers and flipped down a culvert.

The accident happened near milepost ten on Chuckanut Drive just before 5 p.m., the Washington State Patrol said.

Washington State Patrol troopers said the driver, a 35-year-old woman from Lynden, was driving north on the road when she lost control going around a curve. Her SUV went up and over the road barriers and then rolled 40 feet down an embankment to land on its roof in Oyster Creek.

A passenger, a 6-year-old boy, was found deceased on the scene. The woman was flown by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.

Troopers believe the driver was traveling too fast for the road conditions, WSP troopers said, and vehicular homicide charges are pending.

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  • guest

    Sometimes an accident is just an accident. Yes, there should be consequences for her actions but they need to fit the crime. If she was texting there would be records and the punishment should be harsher. But any number of things could have caused her to lose control. Don't be so quick to judge.

  • guest

    Too fast for road conditions, living in Washington u know, after a week of rain and a day of sunshine the roads r SLICK. When driving u need to take extra precautions and driving too fast is not being cautious especially when you have a child in the car. Which is common sense anywhere. Comes down to being held responsible either way.

  • Guest

    Our state's resources do not need to be wasted on prosecuting this mother!! Please go after the real criminals like those who drink and drive !! This was an accident and she has already paid with her precious child. I'm sure she would have gladly wished it were her.