Family of Western student injured in hit-and-run offers reward for info about driver

The Western Front
The family of a Western freshman who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run this weekend is offering a $1,000 reward to the person who can identify the driver. As of Tuesday night, Jan. 22, Mackenzie O’Brien, 18, was home in Edmonds, Wash. and in stable condition after receiving surgery on her arm, which was broken in a hit-and-run Friday night. Police are still trying to locate the driver of the vehicle that hit O’Brien and one other victim. Anyone with information about the crash or the driver of the vehicle should contact Bellingham Police Traffic Officer Henry Ortega immediately at (360) 778-8628. For after hours tips, call 911. A vehicle traveling about 25-35 mph with no lights on hit O’Brien and friend Justine Phillipson, 19, around 11 p.m. as they were walking to a party near the corner of Otis and Abbott Streets behind Samish way on Friday, Jan. 18, according to witnesses and a Bellingham Police press release.