Blaine teen killed in hit and run

Published on Thu, Mar 27, 2003 by Rebecca Schwarz Kopf

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Blaine teen killed in hit and run

By Rebecca Schwarz Kopf

A Blaine teenager died as a result of a hit and run last Friday evening, and the driver of the vehicle has not been found.

Christopher Walsh, 15, and two friends were riding their bikes shortly after 9 p.m. on Blaine Road, near the corner of Drayton Harbor Road, when Walsh was struck and killed. Daniel Diaz, 14, received minor injuries and Michael Dawsy, 14, was physically unharmed.

The Washington State Patrol describe the car as a beige or brown station wagon with possible bumper and hood grille damage on the passenger side.

The boys were knocked off their bikes just after they turned into the store parking lot. The car was headed southbound, and it was Diaz and Dawsy who briefly saw the vehicle as it continued driving.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the vehicle or driver have not yet been found. Rumors that Border Patrol officials had discovered the vehicle were unfounded. Deputy chief John Bates confirmed that the vehicle was not found or apprehended.

A memorial for Walsh, who was in the ninth grade at Blaine high school, has been erected at a telephone pole in the parking lot of Yorky�s Grocery and the Exxon gas station. Flowers, a teddy bear, and many letters have been posted at the site.

Jen Schraeder, a Birch Bay resident, visited the site Sunday to pay respects. �I don�t know this young man, but I want to pay my respects,� she said. �He was so young and this is just so tragic. God bless his family and friends.�

Blaine school guidance counselor Kirke Mahy Hestad said students, school staff and members of the community came together to form the Chris Walsh Memorial Fund, a fund set up at Horizon Bank to benefit the family.

She also said students came together on Monday afternoon to express themselves about their friend and fellow peer. �We had three big posters that they could write on, and also there is one-on-one counseling if students want it,� she said. �A lot of the kids are so supportive, respectful and thoughtful of each other. Kids are coming to school to be with other kids.�

The Bordertown Tavern will be holding an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on Saturday, March 29 to benefit the Walsh family. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. and and costs $5 per person. The tavern is located at 545 Peace Portal Drive in Blaine.

Services for Walsh are scheduled for Thursday and Friday. A viewing and visitation service will be held on Thursday in the Blaine Chapel at the Jerns Kinney funeral home from 1 to 8 p.m. On Friday, there will be a memorial service at the Grace Lutheran Church at 11 a.m.

Anyone with information should call state patrol detective Craig Cardinal at 360/658-1345.

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