Woman charged for hitting flagger with vehicle in 2018

Brook Elizabeth Radcliffe, 24, of Bellingham, has been charged with reckless endangerment in San Juan County District Court nearly one year after she reportedly struck a person, a backhoe and two cars with a van.

According to Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Lindsey Callahan, Radcliffe’s lawyers filed an arraignment waiver, meaning Radcliffe understands the charges against her and intends to plead not guilty. A pretrial conference is set for Oct. 30.

At approximately 7:15 a.m. on Oct. 5, 2018, a deputy responded to a report of a hit-and-run involving a road construction flagger at the intersection of Spring Street and Argyle Avenue. Dispatch told the deputy that the woman flagger was struck by a vehicle which then fled the scene and that the driver was detained by several citizens.

Radcliffe was allegedly driving a van when she allegedly struck the first vehicle while backing out of a spot in a parking lot for a Friday Harbor business. She reportedly “burned out her tires” and proceeded to Spring Street, where she was alleged to have struck the rear left corner of a white van that was stopped for traffic.

As Radcliffe neared the traffic circle, she reportedly disobeyed the flagger’s signals to stop. She then struck the victim and a backhoe with the van, according to a witness who was operating the machinery. The witness then said he began to pursue the vehicle with the backhoe onto Nichols Street, where he said the van pulled over and “smoke[d] the tires.” Using the backhoe, the witness said he blocked the van in where it was stopped.

The flagger was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained.

The deputy continued in his report that Radcliffe answered his questions with single words and appeared to not comprehend the conversation. She also was unable to control her bladder, the deputy reported. A paramedic drew her blood for testing.