2 critically injured as vehicle goes over 108-foot cliff

A 23-year-old Kirkland woman is facing charges of vehicular assault and driving under the influence after a vehicle she was driving went off a 108-foot cliff near Rainier Avenue in Port Gamble late Feb. 4, leaving her and a 24-year-old Bothell woman critically injured.

The driver was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle while the passenger was transported to St. Michael Medical Center in Silverdale.

A memo from the Washington State Patrol states the 2017 Ford Escape was eastbound on Highway 104 in Port Gamble when the driver failed to negotiate a 90-degree right-hand turn and left the roadway, going over the steep embankment and coming to a rest on the shoreline. The memo indicates drugs or alcohol are a factor.

The Poulsbo Fire Department responded, and crews said they could hear voices below the embankment, a Facebook post from the department states. The upgrade to a technical rescue response summoned specialized rescue technicians and equipment from across Kitsap County. The vehicle was ultimately accessed from the old mill landing below the bank and a majority of the rescue units were cleared.