Driver charged after RV mirror hits pedestrian on bridge

The driver of a motorhome is facing a felony charge for allegedly fleeing after the mirror on his vehicle struck a pedestrian on Deception Pass Bridge July 17, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged Richard W. Chase, 63, of Blaine in Island County Superior Court Aug. 23 with felony hit and run.

A trooper with the Washington State Patrol and deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. The trooper’s report states that a woman was posing for a photo with a group of people on the Deception Pass Bridge walkway when the motorhome passed by.

The side mirror on the motorhome struck the woman on the back of the head, causing a large contusion.

The photo taken by the group showed the vehicle that caused the injury, according to court reports. Pieces of the mirror were also scattered on the bridge.

A deputy found the motorhome at a nearby RV park. The driver, identified as Chase, admitted he was driving over the bridge and was “overwhelmed” when passing a large commercial vehicle, the trooper’s report indicates.

Chase told officers that he heard the side mirror strike something, but he thought he hit a sign, the report states. The trooper noted that there are no signs on the bridge and that the passenger in the motorhome had a “prime position” to see what was struck.

Chase also said he couldn’t find a spot to pull over, the report states.

The pedestrian was transported to the hospital. She had a severe concussion but didn’t suffer from a hematoma or a fracture, the trooper wrote.

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