DeAndre Sincere, a three-sport standout at Central Kitsap High School, was recovering Friday after his car hit a tree off of Provost Road in Silverdale Wednesday evening.
Sincere, 19, suffered a laceration on his left leg in the crash and a serious muscle tear in his calf. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Sincere was a decorated athlete at Central Kitsap, where he played basketball, football and ran track. A running back, he was one of few players to record a 1,000-yard rushing season during his senior year.
He said he has plans to play football at Pacific Lutheran University in the fall.
Police were called to the crash on Provost Road at Shelley Drive in Silverdale around 6:07 p.m., according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.
A passerby noticed a downed tree blocking the roadway, saw a damaged Nissan Juke down an embankment and heard Sincere call for help, Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wilson reported.
Emergency units spent approximately 45 minutes, they said, trying to extricate Sincere from the vehicle, which was totaled. He was transported first to Harrison Medical Center before being airlifted to Harborview because of the severity of his injuries, Wilson said.
Police said the collision occurred when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Sincere said he lost control of the car.
Sincere expressed his gratitude during an interview Thursday.
“I want to thank God for letting me walk away from this with only a muscle tear,” he said. “It could have been worse.”
First responders were supportive, he said, and helped him stay calm during the extrication and medevac.
They “talked to me the entire time and really helped me.”
He also thanked two passersby who came to his aid by calling 911, and by calling his mother.
“They didn’t have to stop,” he said.
Gabe Stutman is a reporter with the Kitsap News Group. Follow him on Twitter @kitsapgabe.