Port Orchard

Published on June 11th, 2016 | by The Kitsap Scene


Sheriff’s Office Investigates Two Fatal Crashes Near Port Orchard

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two fatal car accidents that took place near Port Orchard yesterday.

The First Collision: Southeast Mile Hill Drive

The first collision took place around 10 a.m. Friday in the 4200 block of Southeast Mile Hill Drive, across the street from the South Park Village shopping center and east of Port Orchard city limits, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene, as did medics from South Kitsap Fire and Rescue.

The investigation is still in its early stages, but here’s a breakdown of what investigators believe happened, according to a press release:

A 76-year-old Port Townsend man was driving a 1996 Oldsmobile Ciera northbound after leaving the parking lot adjacent to South Park Village. He continued across Southeast Mile Hill Drive, and while entering the westbound lane, his car was struck on the right side between the right front and right rear passenger doors by a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 37-year-old South Kitsap woman.

The force of the collision caused both vehicles to rotate clockwise and stop in a planter strip on the north side of the roadway.

Everyone involved in the accident wore seatbelts, except for the driver of the Oldsmobile, who was transported to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton for further evaluation and treatment.

The passenger in the Oldsmobile — identified as Myeong Hwa Katie Kendall, a 48-year-old South Kitsap woman — was declared dead at the scene by medical crews.

The driver of the Silverado, as well as her three passengers, were examined at the scene by medics and released.

Investigators don’t believe driver impairment was a factor in the crash. The county’s forensic pathologist will conduct an autopsy of Kendall, and the Kitsap County Coroner will make a determination of the cause and manner of death.

The Second Collision: Bethel Burley Road Southeast

The second collision occurred around 3 p.m. Friday in the 10200 block of Bethel Burley Road Southeast, near Southeast Wolf Lane and Southeast Swofford Lane in South Kitsap.

The sheriff’s office and South Kitsap Fire and Rescue responded to the scene.

The investigation is in its early stages, but investigators give the following account of what happened in a press release:

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision where four occupants in one of the vehicles were reported to be in critical condition.

South Kitsap Fire and Rescue medics arrived on scene and started first aid treatment for the people involved in the accident. Medical crews attempted to treat the driver of a Dodge Durango involved in the crash, later identified as James Ryan Cayo, 41, of South Kitsap, but determined their efforts were unsuccessful. He was declared dead.

Investigators determined a 2002 Dodge Durango was traveling westbound on a long, private driveway toward Bethel Burley Road Southeast. The Durango entered the roadway in the northbound lane without first stopping to yield to approaching traffic.

The Durango turned left to head southbound, as a 2003 Dodge Ram driven by a 47-year-old South Kitsap woman was headed northbound. Both vehicles collided nearly head-on.

The force of the collision knocked the Durango into a drainage ditch. The pickup was found stopped in the northbound lane.

Cayo’s three passengers — a 46-year-old man; a 31-year-old man; and a 30-year-old woman — were transported to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma with reportedly critical injuries. The woman was later transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The driver of the Ram was transported to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton for further evaluation.

Investigators don’t know if Cayo was impaired with drugs or alcohol, but will determine whether he was during the course of the investigation.

The driver of the Dodge Ram was not impaired.

The county’s forensic pathologist will conduct an autopsy of Cayo, and the Kitsap County Coroner will make a determination of the cause and manner of death.

If You Have Information on Either Crash:

Anyone with information about either crash is asked to contact Deputy Steve Martin at 360-337-4634; reference case report K16-005560 for the Mile Hill crash, and case report K16-005572 for the Bethel Burley Road crash.

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