The State Patrol trooper who struck and killed a man on an Interstate 5 off-ramp in Mount Vernon on Tuesday night has been identified as Mark Francis, according to the Skagit Valley Herald.
Francis, 28, of Sedro-Woolley, has been with the State Patrol for five years, State Patrol spokesman Trooper Keith Leary tells the Herald.
Francis and a second trooper were driving in separate marked patrol cars when they took the southbound I-5 exit at East College Way to watch for a vehicle reported to be involved in a weapons-brandishing incident, Leary tells the newspaper. When the troopers took the exit ramp, the 26-year-old pedestrian crossed in front of the first trooper’s car and was hit.The pedestrian died at the scene. His name has not been released.
The State Patrol and Mount Vernon Police Department are investigating the accident. Francis has been placed on leave.