According to the report, Kirkland D. Ross, age 34 of Bellingham, was driving his Suzuki motorcycle eastbound on Marigold near Lake Whatcom Boulevard when he went off the road and hit a tree. Ross and his passenger, Kerrie C. O’Brien, age 37 of Port Orchard, were both taken to St Joseph Hospital in Bellingham for treatment of injuries and then released.
Ross faces possible Vehicular Assault or driving under the influence charges pending results of toxicology tests. Vehicular Assault can be charged if a person is injured in a motor vehicle accident and it is determined that a driver was driving under the influence or driving with reckless disregard for the safety of others.
State troopers said that Ross did not have a valid motorcycle license and was not wearing a helmet. In Washington State, to ride a “street bike,” a driver must take an approved motorcycle rider course, pass a knowledge test and pass a motorcycle riding test to get a motorcycle endorsement.
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