Port Orchard woman dies in Mason County crash

Impaired driver may have caused SR 3 accident

MASON COUNTY — A Port Orchard woman was killed Nov. 5 in a two-vehicle accident on State Route 3 one mile south of Shelton, most likely caused by an impaired driver whose car crossed the centerline and struck her.

The woman, 57-year-old Patricia V. Downey of Port Orchard, was headed southbound at 4:54 p.m. about one mile south of Shelton in Mason County when a 57-year-old male’s 2017 Kia Forte failed to negotiate a curve on northbound SR 3. Washington State Patrol said the man’s vehicle struck Downey’s 2001 Pontiac Sunfire after it crossed the centerline.

Downey was pronounced dead at the scene. The injured male driver was transported to Tacoma General Hospital with unknown injuries. State patrol officers believe he may have been impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Troopers said the roadway was blocked for almost five hours that evening after the accident. The fatality accident is under investigation by Washington State Patrol.

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