Posts Tagged ‘car accident’

Ramon Booker

Once a Wolf, always a Wolf.

Former Coupeville student/athlete Ramon Booker is in need as he recovers from a brutal car accident.

Ramon, who played football and basketball during his time on Whidbey, suffered a shattered kneecap Nov. 6, as well as a broken hip, neck, and nose.

“Statistics say he should not be alive, but by God’s grace he is still with us, and we are very, very grateful for that!” said mom Crystal Booker.

Ramon, who lives in Idaho, has progressed from the ICU to a rehabilitation hospital, where he’s receiving help to regain mobility and be able to walk again.

He’s expected to miss a minimum of three months of work as he fights his way back to health, which will create a financial hardship.

To help, his mother has launched a GoFundMe where those near and far can help out.

“On behalf of Ramon, myself, family, and friends, we THANK YOU ALL in advance,” Crystal Booker said.

“We assure you that no donation whether big or small will go without a grateful and thankful heart!”


Ramon’s GoFundMe: 


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Jacob Weigert

Justice for Jake.

That’s what friends and family of Jacob Weigert, a 23-year-old Everett man who died after a pedestrian/vehicle accident Wednesday in Coupeville, are asking the local community to help with.

Weigert was killed after being hit by a vehicle while attempting to cross Highway 20 on foot.

He had come from the Ryan’s House for Youth campus and was going to a bus stop which sits in front of the Island Transit complex.

It’s a fairly short, but often very dangerous trip, crossing a road where the speed limit is 50 MPH and drivers are often picking up speed as they leave Coupeville.

With many of the teens and young adults who are staying at Ryan’s House not having transportation of their own, and Whidbey’s bus system being fare-free, the stop in front of Island Transit is frequently used.

Weigert’s friends and family want Island County to consider placing a sidewalk or crosswalk in the area to make traversing Highway 20 safer and have launched a petition in support of such a move.

A Facebook account for “Justice for Jake” plans to hold a protest in front of the courthouse in Coupeville July 28 at 11 AM.


For more info or to sign the petition, pop over to:



There is also a GoFundMe set up to aid Jacob’s family:


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A vehicle/pedestrian accident claimed the life of a young man Wednesday.

A 23-year-old Everett man died Wednesday after being hit by a vehicle while attempting to cross Highway 20 on foot.

The accident occurred around 9 AM in Coupeville, across from the Ryan’s House for Youth campus.

Jacob Weigert was crossing the road and headed towards a bus stop in front of the Island Transit complex when he was hit by a south-bound Volkswagen Jetta.

The Island County Sheriff’s Department, Central Whidbey Fire, and WhidbeyHealth EMS responded to the accident, with traffic diverted and the highway closed in both directions.

Weigert was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he later died from his injuries.

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A semi-truck crashed into the Penn Cove Pottery building Sunday morning. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s a magnet for out-of-control vehicles.

For the second time in the last three months, Penn Cove Pottery was invaded by a runaway vehicle, with a semi-truck crashing into the building’s southwest corner Sunday morning.

The driver was pulled out of his truck by passerby, and firefighters responded quickly to put out the fire.

The crash follows on the heels of one in mid-April, when a truck slammed into a wooden building right next to the business, which sits on Penn Cove, at the bottom of a curve.

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Monday’s wind storm sent a truck tottering over the edge of Deception Pass Bridge. (Sarah Kirkconnell photos)

This is why you always pack a fresh pair of underwear in the glove compartment…

Monday’s violent wind storm made life difficult for many, but the driver of this truck got an unexpected “thrill.”

The ensuing backup made the trip from the shrimp shack to Deception Pass Bridge a two-hour crawl.

Cars heading back onto Whidbey ease past the obstruction.

The backup heading off the Island was six miles long.

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