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One killed, one injured in car crash on Little Boston Road
KINGSTON – One man was killed and another airlifted to the regional trauma center after an apparent one-car crash late Nov. 10 on Little Boston Road between Hansville and Cliffside roads, about six miles north-northwest of Kingston.
North Kitsap Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched just after midnight Friday and found Christopher R. Ziegler, 23, of Bremerton, deceased in the driver's seat. Ziegler is believed to have been driving the 2004 BMW M-3 two-door coupe.
An off-duty sheriff’s deputy on his way home found a man, who turned out to be Ziegler's passenger, lying on the side of Little Boston Road and summoned help shortly after midnight, sheriff's spokesman Scott Wilson reported. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the man conscious but suffering from multiple injuries. An Airlift Northwest helicopter was called to rendezvous with medics at David Wolfle Elementary School to transport the man to Harborview Medical Center, where he was treated for serious head injuries and multiple fractures. He was listed as being in stable condition Friday.
The man was identified as a 23-year-old from Poulsbo.
A severely damaged car was located deep in the vegetation about 40 feet from where the man was found. Inside, crews found Ziegler dead. The car’s engine was cold, suggesting that the crash had occurred earlier in the evening, Wilson reported.
The BMW left the paved roadway onto the south shoulder, struck and sheared off a traffic sign, then went over the embankment and down into a ravine where it struck several trees and rolled. The car came to a stop, laying on the driver’s side, in heavy brush.
Excessive vehicle speed is suspected to be a primary factor in the cause of the crash. Investigators believe alcohol may have been a factor, but are awaiting toxicology test results as part of the autopsy.
The injured man was unable to tell crews how he ended up on the side of the road and officials initially thought that he’d been the victim of a hit-and-run until the car was found in the woods.
The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office traffic incident investigators went to the scene, keeping Little Boston Road closed until after sunrise while they worked. The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office also went to the scene. NKF&R crews cleared the scene nearly five hours after initial dispatch.
It was the second fatal crash that day in Kitsap County. Grace B. San Nicolas, 39, of Del Mar, Calif., died when her 2001 Volvo sedan missed a curve on the 2500 block of Seabeck Highway NW, left the roadway, struck a guardrail, launched over the embankment, struck a tree and crashed onto the ground. Investigators believe the vehicle was traveling over the speed limit when it missed the curve, Wilson reported.
The crash was reported at 11:44 a.m. The roadway was closed to through traffic until about 4 p.m.