One dead, one injured in single-car crash on Miller Bay Road

KINGSTON — A Suquamish man was killed and a Suquamish woman was rushed to a local hospital after an early morning crash Monday on Miller Bay Road between Kingston and Suquamish.

Kitsap County Coroner Greg Sandstrom identified the man as Benjamin J. McLain, 27, of Suquamish.

North Kitsap Fire & Rescue crews were called to the crash near the road's intersection with Orseth Road at 4:38 a.m. Arriving at the scene, they found a silver Mitsubishi crashed into a power pole and McLain, the driver, dead, NKF&R spokeswoman Michele Laboda reported. Firefighters attempted to get an Airlift Northwest helicopter to transport the passenger but, because of weather conditions, could not.

The passenger, a 27-year-old woman from Suquamish, was taken to Harrison Medical Center with serious injuries, said Deputy Ken Dickenson, sheriff's spokesman.

Deputies believe the Mitsubishi was traveling southbound on Miller Bay Road and for an unknown reason began to rotate out of control. The vehicle then left the roadway, striking a utility pole before falling 10 feet down an embankment.

At this point it is unknown whether alcohol, drugs or excessive speed played any role in this collision.

Miller Bay Road between West Kingston and Indianola roads were closed until 9:30 a.m. while the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office investigated the cause of the crash.

It was the fourth fatal crash in a month in the North End or involving a North End resident.

Three people — including a couple known for fostering children and helping people — died Nov. 14 in a two-car head-on collision on Highway 104 near Balmoral Place NE in Kingston. Killed in the crash were Anthony A. Adams and Marian D. Sparks, both 44, of Little Boston; and Robin N. Bishop, 59, of Kingston.

Kristina B. Blow, 52, of Kingston died Nov. 9 after her car crashed shortly before noon on State Highway 16 near Port Orchard.

On Nov. 8, Rodney Dale Boustead, 73, of Seabeck was declared dead at the scene of a head-on collision in the Crosby area of Seabeck, near the Hood Canal. The other driver was treated at the scene and released.

Monday's fatal crash was also the fourth crash in North Kitsap since Friday.

Friday at 5:17 p.m., three cars were involved in a collision in southbound Highway 305 at  Noll Road. One person was taken to Harrison Medical Center, according to Washington State Patrol. Two other persons were injured but declined medical treatment.

Walter L. Berg, 90, of Bainbridge Island was cited for following too close after his 2011 Jeep Cherokee rear-ended a 2003 Subaru Legacy driven by John T. Hayward, 66, of Poulsbo, the State Patrol reported. The collision pushed Hayward’s car into a 2009 Lexus RX350 driven by Eric O. Rasmussen, 61, of Bainbridge. Hayward and Rasmussen’s vehicles had slowed for traffic when the collision occurred, the State Patrol reported.

Hayward was taken to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton. Rasmussen was not injured; his wife, Janice, was injured but declined treatment, the State Patrol reported. Berg was injured but declined treatment.

The roadway was blocked for 1 hour 36 minutes.

A two-car rear-ender on State Route 104 at Hansville Road just after 5:30 p.m. Friday blocked the eastbound lane, and commute traffic was slowed for a half-hour while crews worked to clear the scene. One sedan sustained significant tail-end damage, and the other suffered serious front-end damage, but both drivers claimed to be uninjured and declined medical treatment.

At 7 p.m. Friday, a 16-year-old Poulsbo boy was pinned under a Chevy El Camino that went off the roadway and into a shallow ravine at NE 288th Street just off of Hansville Road. Poulsbo Fire Department and NKF&R went to the scene. Crews made sure that the vehicle was stabilized, and used special airbags to lift the car off of the teen.  He was freed within 20 minutes, Laboda reported. The teen was loaded into a rescue basket and hoisted back to the roadway along a ladder positioned on the bank.

The teen told crews that he had been attempting to push his vehicle up a shallow incline along 288th when it rolled back over him and into the ravine.  The teen said he was uninjured and his family declined medical transport for him.

Firefighters say the teen's life was likely saved by the cushion of the soft and loamy surface where the vehicle came to rest, as well as by the passersby who saw the incident and immediately called 911, Laboda reported.

Traffic along NE 288th was also curtailed for about a half-hour while firefighters worked at the scene.


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