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,