Driver in Hansville crash charged with vehicular homicide

The 19-year-old driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal June 19 collision, which claimed the life of Joseph Careaga, has been charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

Sydnee Olson was at the wheel of a 2007 Audi A4, traveling southbound on Hansville Road NE when the vehicle collided with a northbound Subaru Legacy as it attempted to make a left turn onto NE Little Boston Road, according to court documents.

According to a statement of probable cause from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, the Audi struck the Subaru on its passenger side, pushing it approximately 130 feet south of the intersection. The front of the Audi was severely damaged and subsequently caught fire.

Careaga, who was a passenger in the Audi, died on the scene as a result of the injuries sustained from the collision. The driver of the Subaru was extricated from the vehicle and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center where he was treated for lacerations to his right ear, eyebrow, spleen and liver, as well as a fractured pelvis.

Joseph Careaga was the son the John D. Careaga, who was found dead in his truck in a Mason County tree farm after three family members were found murdered in their Seabeck home. An investigation into the Careaga murders is still ongoing.

Speed analysis conducted by the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office determined Olson had been traveling between 120 and 124 mph at the time of the crash.

Olson faces two charges: vehicular homicide resulting from her operation of a motor vehicle in a reckless manner, carrying a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and/or a $50,000 fine; and vehicular assault resulting from her operation of a motor vehicle in a reckless manner, charging documents say. Olson could face up to 10 years imprisonment and/or a $20,000 fine for the vehicular assault charge.

Bail was set at $1 million.

—Nick Twietmeyer is a reporter with Kitsap News Group. Nick can be reached at ntwietmeyer@soundpublishing.com

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