75-year-old woman charged with hit-and-run after allegedly causing motorcycle crash

Suspect was later pulled over for reckless driving and admitted to authorities she witnessed crash

A 75-year-old Keyport woman was charged with hit-and-run after allegedly causing a motorcycle to crash near the intersection of Silverdale Way and Highway 308 last Sunday.

According to a statement of probable cause, as the motorcycle entered the intersection, a 2018 Ford Edge that had been westbound on Highway 308 quickly made a right-hand turn northbound onto Viking Way without stopping or slowing down for the red traffic light. The vehicle pulled directly into the motorcycle’s path, which had been traveling at 45 mph.

The motorcycle evaded to the left to avoid a collision before sliding from the northbound lane and across the turn lane and southbound lane, before coming to rest near the shoulder of Viking Avenue, the incident report states. The motorcycle caught fire and the rider sustained a fractured arm in two places.

The victim told a Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputy that he was sure the driver of the Ford Edge saw him because they pulled over to the shoulder for a short period of time before leaving the scene northbound on Viking Avenue.

Later that day, a Washington State Patrol Trooper stopped a 75-year-old driver of the 2018 Ford Edge after she was observed driving 99 mph in a 50 mph zone, documents read. The driver indicated that she wanted to report an earlier collision that she had witnessed at the intersection of Highway 308 and Silverdale Way.

After a KCSO deputy showed up, the woman — identified as Shirley Golden — was arrested and booked into Kitsap County Jail.

“Her actions at the scene indicate that she saw the motorcycle rider crash and her own admissions after the fact indicate that she knew of the crash yet did not remain on scene as required,” the deputy wrote.

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