Motorist killed in crash on Highway 3; fifth fatality in Kitsap since December

A motorist was killed in a two-car collision on Highway 3 near milepost 29, shortly after 10 a.m. Jan. 27.

BREMERTON — A motorist was killed in a two-car collision on Highway 3 near milepost 29, shortly after 10 a.m. Jan. 27.

The deceased’s name was being withheld that afternoon pending notification of next of kin. The driver of the other car refused aid and was taken to an area hospital in a private vehicle.

The cause of the crash was still investigation that afternoon and charges are pending, Washington State Patrol reported. The other driver, a Bremerton woman, is not being identified here because she has not been charged.

The collision was reported at 10:13 a.m. According to Washington State Patrol, the Bremerton resident was in a private driveway waiting to turn onto the northbound lane of Highway 3. The other vehicle was headed south on 3, approaching milepost 29. The Bremerton resident “pulled out in front of vehicle two [and the] vehicles collided in the southbound lane,” state patrol reported.

The roadway was fully blocked for 3 hours 53 minutes.

It was at least the third fatal crash in Kitsap County since the beginning of the year, and the fifth since December.

Noe Hernandez-Larios, 41, of Tacoma was killed and two Bremerton residents in another vehicle were injured in a two-car collision at 11:59 p.m. Jan. 17 on Highway 16.

Stephen Anthony DeMark, 74, of Tacoma, died when his truck careened off a guardrail and struck a tree Jan. 2 on the 5100 block of Burley Olalla Road in South Kitsap.

Stephen H. Kotts, 70, of Poulsbo was killed Dec. 21 when his Jeep and a delivery truck collided on Highway 305 on Bainbridge Island.

Vanessa M. Lopez, 20, of Bremerton died from injuries she sustained when her car went off the road and struck a tree Dec. 18 on Highway 3 just north of Allyn. Her 6-month-old daughter was a passenger in the car but was uninjured.

Elsewhere, on Interstate 90 just west of Snoqualmie Pass, Dashiell Mortell, 19, of Bainbridge Island died Jan. 7 when the Ford Explorer in which he was a passenger collided with the vehicle in front of it and then rolled over; six other vehicles then collided with it. Mortell was a sophomore at Washington State University and was on his way back to college when the collision occurred.