Kitsap County Sheriff's office investigates death of South Kitsap teen in two car crash
October 10, 2017
The accident scene. Photo: Kitsap County Sheriff's office. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(PORT ORCHARD, WA.) -- Kitsap County Sheriff’s traffic deputies are investigating a fatal crash involving two vehicles that happened late Sunday morning Oct. 8.
The incident happened just after 11 am at the intersection of SE Spruce Road with Willow Road SE, in the Burley area of South Kitsap.
The sheriff's office report says although the incident is in the early stages of investigation, it appears at this time that a 2008 Ford F-250 pickup truck was traveling westbound on SE Spruce Road approaching the intersection with Willow Road SE.
Traffic on that road, and thus the Ford truck, has the right-of-way. There are no intersection traffic control measures there.
A 1999 Honda Civic was traveling northbound on Willow Road, approaching Spruce Road. Willow Road has a stop sign traffic control device in place at the intersection, according to the sheriff's report.
"The Honda Civic entered the intersection without yielding to on-coming traffic. The Ford truck struck the Honda Civic at the passenger side door. The momentum of the collision pushed the Honda to the northwest corner of the intersection," said a sheriff's office statement about the accident. "The Honda rolled to its left, ending on its top in a drainage ditch. The Honda caught the underside of the truck as it rolled which pulled the truck partially onto the Honda. The truck came to a stop on its side."
The report adds that patrol deputies arriving at the collision scene requested a tow truck to remove the Ford F-250 from its position on top of the Honda and that "the tow truck was en route, but its estimated arrival time was considerable."
South Kitsap Fire & Rescue provided a line and a sheriff’s patrol SUV was used to pull the truck away from the Honda so that fire dept' emergency crews could gain access to the driver and passenger inside.
The driver of the Honda, an 18-year old woman from Gig Harbor, WA was transported to Tacoma General Hospital for treatment of serious injuries, not considered life threatening.
A passenger in the Honda, identified by the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office as 17-year old James Preston Oatridge from South Kitsap was pronounced deceased at the scene by fire dept. medics. It was reported that the passenger was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to the sheriff's office report.
The driver of the Ford pickup truck, a 43-year old Gig Harbor, WA man was transported to Tacoma General Hospital for evaluation and treatment and has since been discharged.
The sheriff's report on the accident says it is not known if drugs and/or alcohol played any role in the fatal crash. Further investigation will determine if narcotics were involved, pending blood toxicology results.
Excessive vehicle speed is not believed to be a causing factor, said the sheriff's report.