Acting Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
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*** For Immediate Release***
State Patrol Detectives Seek Witnesses in Kitsap County Hit And Run Collision
Bremerton -- Washington State Patrol investigators are seeking additional witnesses to a sequence of events that started with reported erratic driving and possible road rage between two vehicles, ending in a three vehicle minor injury collision on SR 16 south of Bremerton today.
Troopers responded to the scene of the collision on east SR 16 approximately one mile east of Gorst, at 10:54 A.M. Upon arrival troopers found two vehicles, a red Honda Accord and a Black H2 Hummer, blocking the east bound lanes of SR 16. The driver of the Honda was transported by aid to St. Anthony Medical Center in Gig Harbor for treatment of head, neck and back pain. No other injuries were reported.
Investigators learned from witnesses that a third vehicle, a late model blue 2-door Chrysler Sebring with sunroof and tinted windows had fled the scene without stopping east bound on SR 16 from MP 27.6. Witnesses described the running vehicle driver as a heavy set African American female and also said the driver side window had a rainbow sticker affixed to it.
Witnesses told troopers that it appeared that the suspect vehicle, travelling in the outside lane, intentionally struck the Honda, swerving into the left lane and striking the right side passenger door of the Honda. This impact forced the Honda to the left where it struck the concrete barrier prior to reentering the east bound lanes where it was struck by the Hummer.
The events leading up to this collision that started on SR 3 south of Bremerton possibly include a series of road rage actions prior to the collision between the Chrysler and the Honda. These included brake checking, following too close, cutting off vehicles, hand gestures and possibly items being thrown out of the vehicles.
Detectives are seeking witnesses to the entire sequence of events up to and after the collision. If you saw or heard anything or know someone that did, please call Detective Joi Haner at (360) 473-0147.