Horrific Head-On Collision In Kitsap County Claims One Life,
Injures Two Others
June 20, 2018
By B. Tanner
Partial sheriff's drone view one one of the cars involved in the fatal crash. Larger drone view below.
CLICK TO ENLARGE: Full sheriff's office drone view of fatal collision.
(KINGSTON, WA.) – As head-on fatality collisions go, they don’t get any worse than this one. Kitsap County Sheriff’s traffic deputies are investigating a two-vehicle fatality collision that occurred during the early morning hours of Tuesday in North Kitsap.
It happened just before 1:00 am in the 30400 block of Hansville Road NE at the intersection with NE Little Boston Road.
In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon the sheriff’s office said that although the investigation into what happened was in the early stages, a preliminary report indicates a 4-door passenger car was traveling southbound on Hansville Road “at a high rate of speed” while a Subaru Outback was traveling northbound on Hansville Road at the same time and the Subaru driver was trying to make a left hand turn from Hansville Road onto Little Boston Road when the passenger car crashed into the Subaru.
After the high-speed impact both vehicles, now little more than twisted, crumpled hunks of metal and broken glass “came to a stop south of the intersection: the Subaru upside down in a drainage ditch off the west shoulder of the road and the passenger car further south on the east shoulder of the roadway.”
The 4-door passenger car caught fire and became fully engulfed. Inside were two people. The female driver was able to get out of the vehicle but the “male passenger was unable to exit the car.”
“Arriving sheriff’s deputies used portable fire extinguishers to subdue the flames without success. The vehicle fire was extinguished by NKF&R (North Kitsap Fire & Rescue) emergency crews.”
The 18-year old female driver was treated at the scene for injuries then transported by medic unit to Harrison Medical Center (in) Bremerton and the later was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The male passenger was declared dead at the scene. The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office is working to confirm positive identification of the remains.
The driver of the Subaru Outback wagon, a 38-year old Bremerton man was entrapped in his vehicle after impact. He was extricated by NKF&R emergency crews and then taken to a helicopter landing zone at David Wolfle Elementary School for airlift to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center for treatment of injuries.
No other persons or vehicles were involved.
An aerial view of the collision scene (see photo above) in the 30400 block of Hansville Road NE recorded by a sheriff’s office traffic drone shows the 2005 Subaru Outback wagon seen on the right, upside down in a drainage ditch. The 4-door passenger car is further south on the left.
As part of the investigation sheriff’s traffic investigators will determine if alcohol or drug impairment was a factor in the cause of the crash.
“Excessive vehicle speed by the 4-door passenger car, prior to the crash, was evident,” said the sheriff’s office statement. The county’s forensic pathologist will conduct an autopsy of the male passenger Wednesday. The Kitsap County Coroner will issue a determination as to cause and manner of death.
Hansville Road NE was closed to thru traffic for more than five hours while traffic deputies conducted their investigation. Anyone with information about the collision are asked to contact Deputy Andy Aman or Deputy Aimee Rogers, sheriff’s traffic unit, at 360-337-4634.