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August 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Driver calls for tow but not 911 after fatal crash in Anacortes

A woman who rear-ended a motorcyclist last night in Anacortes called a tow truck for her damaged car but did not call 911 to get help for the man she struck, the State Patrol says.

The motorcyclist, identified as Michael J. McCurdy, 23, died this morning at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center.

State Patrol Trooper Keith Leary tells KOMO-TV the crash happened about 9:45 p.m. on state Highway 20 near Fidalgo Bay Road. McCurdy was slowing down to avoid a collision ahead of him when he was hit from behind by a car driven by a 26-year-old Mount Vernon woman.

McCurdy was knocked off his motorcycle and was hit by another car. Leary said the driver of that vehicle stopped.

However, the woman who first struck McCurdy sped away, he tells KOMO. A license plate from her car was ripped off by the impact and found at the scene of the crash.

Troopers spotted her car a short time later as it was being towed in Anacortes.

The woman told troopers she fled from the crash because she was scared, according to Leary.

The woman was booked into the Skagit County Jail for investigation of hit and run and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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