Suspect Arrested in Felony Hit and Run That Badly Injured Pedestrian In Bellingham
February 08, 2018
(BELLINGHAM, WA.) – On the night of January 31st Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers in Bellingham responded to a serious injury hit and run collision involving a pedestrian.
The pedestrian, a man later identified as Lucas Brazier, was walking in the lanes of the freeway when he was hit by a car that then sped away from the scene.
Mr. Brazier sustained critical injuries and was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Based on evidence that was collected during the on-scene investigation, the fleeing vehicle was determined to be a green 1991 to 1996 Ford Escort or Mercury Tracer.
On February 1st the WSP sent out a news release seeking witnesses or anyone with information regarding this crime and the next day the WSP received a call from a witness who had read about the collision in a newspaper.
“The witness identified the driver of the fleeing vehicle to be Luis Gomez Gutierrez,” according to a state patrol statement released yesterday. “WSP Detectives followed up on the lead and arrested Gutierrez in Sedro-Woolley on February 5, 2018. He was booked into the Whatcom County Jail for Hit and Run Injury Collision, which is a Class C Felony.”
The WSP says additional follow-up after the arrest led detectives to the discovery of the involved vehicle, a green 1995 Ford Escort wagon which was located in the Bow Hill area. On February 6th detectives served a search warrant and seized the car which had damage that was “consistent with the evidence that was recovered during the on-scene investigation,” according to the WSP statement.