Sumas teen with new motorcycle license dies

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- An 18-year-old died in a motorcycle crash in Bellingham a half-hour after passing his motorcycle license test.

Police spokesman Mark Young says David Swift of Sumas lost control Saturday after passing a car. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Whatcom County Medical Examiner Gary Goldfogel says speed and inattention may have contributed to the fatality.

The Bellingham Herald reports (http://is.gd/Ldl5m0 ) Swift was the youngest of seven children. He was a 2011 graduate of Nooksack Valley High School who hoped to join the Air Force in the spring.

Swift and a brother, who was on another motorcycle, had decided to take a curvy road after he passed his motorcycle test.

More than 200 people attended a spontaneous memorial for Swift on Sunday night at Riverside Park in Everson.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com