One dead, one arrested after Pioneer Way crash

Collision occurred as two North Kitsap residents attempted to pull a pickup out of a ditch

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating a three-vehicle crash on Friday night in North Kitsap that left one person dead and another charged with vehicular homicide.

On Friday at approximately 9:30 p.m., deputies responded to an incident that occurred on the 24900 block of Pioneer Way, between Seahorse Way and NW Parma Flats Way, just north of Poulsbo.

The accident involved a 1987 Ford pickup, a 1968 Ford pickup and a 1998 Chevy sedan.

A preliminary report from KSCO indicates that that the driver of the ‘87 Ford, a 61-year-old male, failed to negotiate a turn into a private driveway and drove into a drainage ditch on the northbound side of the road, with the bed of the truck protruding into the northbound lane. The driver went to his nearby residence and retrieved the 68’ Ford and asked a friend, Kelly Hogan, for help.

The two returned to the roadway and were in the process of using the ‘68 Ford to pull the ‘87 Ford out of the ditch, causing both vehicles to block the northbound lane. The 61-year old male was in the ‘68 while Hogan, 46, was standing outside of the ‘87 near the driver’s door.

A sedan driven by Dean Ernest Ray, 55, approached the scene from the south heading northbound and collided with the bed of the 87’ Ford, causing it to rotate and strike Hogan, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

KCSO investigated Ray for driving under the influence of alcohol. Enlisting a search warrant, KCSO was able to obtain a blood sample from Ray, the results of which are pending. Ray was subsequently arrested and booked into Kitsap County Jail for vehicular homicide with his bail set at $100,000.

Pioneer Way was closed to thru traffic for three hours while an investigation was underway.

Those who may have witnessed this incident are asked to contact KCSO traffic investigator Deputy Rob Corn at 359-337-4634.

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