The interim police chief of Lynden died Wednesday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after being hit by a car the evening before.
Michael Knapp, 79, was crossing a Whatcom County street at about 5:25 p.m. Tuesday when he was struck. He suffered critical injuries and was taken to Harborview, where he died Wednesday, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said.
Knapp previously served as chief of the Medina and Ferndale police departments.
The Washington State Patrol said the 19-year-old driver who hit Knapp at Grover and Fourth streets was driving without headlights.
Troopers were still figuring out the dynamics of the crash Wednesday but do not suspect criminal acts, spokeswoman Trooper Heather Axtman said. The driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with law enforcement, she said.
In a statement, Knapp’s family said a celebration of life will be planned in the future.
“Michael was a family man that touched many and will be sorely missed,” they said in a statement. “He offered so much to his family, friends and community.”