Driver kills dad, baby girl in Whatcom County; mom among injured

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DEMING, Wash. - A baby girl and her father are dead after a three-car, head-on crash in Whatcom County.

The crash occurred on State Route 542 at Mosquito Lake Road around 10:30 a.m. Sunday and completely blocked the roadway, Sgt. Mark Francis with the Washington State Patrol says.

An elderly man headed eastbound in a Chevy Suburban drove across the center line, side-swiped a woman and plowed head-on into her husband and infant child, Francis says.

The woman was in her 20s. She was driving westbound in a Toyota Yaris and flipped her car while trying to avoid the elderly driver.

She suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was rushed to Saint Joseph's Hospital in Bellingham. Her car ended up in a nearby ditch.

After clipping the woman, the elderly man continued in the opposite lane and crashed into the infant and the child's father who were driving in a Subaru behind the mother. Both the father and infant died at the scene, Francis says.

The deceased were later identified as Phillip Moyer, 25, and Penelope Moyer, 5 months old.

"I heard this humongous crash. I’m talking… I thought it was a semi or something ‘cause they come up and down the road sometimes. As soon as I looked out the door, I just seen that car there rolling into the ditch and then there was people from the restaurant that ran out and there was total chaos," said Lloyd Pullar, who heard the crash from his home nearby.

"The timing. On Mother’s Day is not a good time. Yup… that’s a sad thing. I hate seeing stuff like that happen," Pullar added.

The infant was under a year old and was in a rear-facing car seat.

The elderly driver was taken to Saint Joseph's Hospital with serious injuries, Francis says. No word yet if drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision.

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