SiLVERDALE — The memorial service for Emerald Heights Elementary School teacher Amy Higgins will begin at 6:30 p.m. March 23 at GracePoint Church, 8278 Highway 303, Bremerton.
Higgins, an avid runner, was struck by a vehicle and killed at 5:40 a.m. March 17 as she was jogging in the area of Greaves Way NW and Old Frontier Road NW.
According to the school district, Higgins worked for the Central Kitsap School District for 27 years, teaching at Clear Creek, Woodlands and Emerald Heights elementary schools.
“She had many friends throughout our district and community,” the district stated. “Counselors were available for students and staff. We will also plan ongoing supports as needed. We are here to support students, staff and families during this difficult time.”
According to the Sheriff’s Department, the collision occurred during hours of darkness when 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.”
“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.
No decision has been made regarding charges, as the investigation is not yet complete and lab results are not back, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson said March 22.
Persons with information about this collision should call Deputy Steve Martin, at 360-337-4634. Reference: Kitsap County Sheriff’s case report K17-002607.
— Terryl Asla is a reporter for the Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.