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Fatal-crash report being reviewed for charges
POULSBO – A report on the investigation of a fatal crash on State Route 305 at George Lane in December is in the Prosecuting Attorney’s office, being reviewed for charges.
A Bremerton woman was killed and two people were injured Dec. 9 in the crash, the fourth fatal collision in North Kitsap since September and the fifth in 2011.
Washington State Patrol reported that Kim M. Yeager, 46, of Poulsbo and Michael S. Eischen, 49, of Port Orchard were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. Jenna R. Carp, 50, of Bremerton, was declared dead at the scene. Kitsap County Coroner Greg Sandstrom said Carp died of multiple blunt force injuries to the neck and torso.
According to a state patrol report, Yeager was driving a 2000 Hyundai Sonata northbound on 305. Her car was weaving in and out of a ditch, struck a row of mailboxes, then crossed the center line and struck Eischen’s 1993 Saturn SL 1 head-on in the southbound lane.
Eischen was wearing a seatbelt; Carp, his passenger, was wearing a shoulder belt but not the lap belt, according to state patrol. Yeager was wearing a seatbelt when the collision occurred.
State Patrol spokeswoman Krista Hedstrom said at the time that alcohol or drugs were believed to be a factor in the crash. But some friends of Yeager's wondered if another cause was possible; she is diabetic, they said. And KOMONews.com reported Dec. 9 that a tipster called police after seeing the woman driving erratically and with a flat front tire.
The collision occurred at 6:04 p.m. State Route 305 was blocked in both directions for four hours for the collision investigation.