Local teacher struck by vehicle, killed while jogging

SILVERDALE – A Silverdale woman was struck by a vehicle and killed at 5:40 a.m. March 17 as she was jogging in the area of NW Greaves Way and Old Frontier Road NW, Silverdale.

The jogger was identified by the coroner’s office as Amy Marie Higgins, 50, of Silverdale. She was a teacher at Emerald Heights Elementary School with 26 years of experience, and had graduated from Olympic High School and Western Washington University.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, the collision occurred during hours of darkness. The roadway was dry.

Higgins, “attired in a reflective vest and carrying a flashlight, started to cross Greaves Way from the south, toward Old Frontier Road, in a marked crosswalk on the east side of the intersection,” the Sheriff’s Department reported.

“A witness reported observing two vehicles approaching southbound on Greaves Way — one in the right turn channel lane and the Chrysler following behind in the thru lane. The Chrysler struck Ms. Higgins in the southbound thru lane of travel.”

According to the Sheriff’s Department, the Greaves Way thru lanes have the right of way without intersection stops required. Old Frontier Road is regulated at the intersection with a stop sign.

Patrol and traffic deputies from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, and an engine and medic crews from Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue responded to the scene. Higgins was declared dead at the scene. The driver, a 24-year-old man from East Bremerton, voluntarily provided a blood draw, was interviewed at the scene by traffic investigators and released.

Results of toxicology testing of the blood sample are pending. Vehicle speed calculations also are pending. The vehicle, a 1990 Chrysler New Yorker sedan, was impounded as evidence. The investigation into Higgins’ death continues.

Persons with information about this collision should call Deputy Steve Martin, at 360-337-4634. Reference: Kitsap County Sheriff’s case report K17-002607.