Airbags and seat belts likely saved the lives of two drivers in a three-car collision Aug. 31 on State Route 166. One of the drivers was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. An investigation by Washington State Patrol is continuing. Photo: Courtesy of Washington State Patrol

Airbags and seat belts likely saved the lives of two drivers in a three-car collision Aug. 31 on State Route 166. One of the drivers was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. An investigation by Washington State Patrol is continuing. Photo: Courtesy of Washington State Patrol

Probable DUI collision closes Highway 166 for three hours Aug. 31

PORT ORCHARD — Air bags and seat belts likely saved the lives of two drivers involved in a three-car collision Thursday morning (Aug. 31) on Highway 166, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Trooper Russ Winger said indications are that one of the drivers, a 45-year-old Port Orchard woman, was under the influence of alcohol while at the wheel of her 1999 Lincoln Navigator. The woman’s vehicle reportedly crossed the highway’s center line as she was heading east on Highway 166 at about 8:20 a.m., and sideswiped a 1998 BMW 528 sedan driving westbound. The BMW’s 29-year old male driver was not injured, Winger said.

A third vehicle, a 1998 Honda Prelude driven by a 23-year-old woman from Minnesota, was driving behind the BMW when the collision occurred. The woman was injured when her vehicle was subsequently hit head-on by the Navigator. The woman was transported to Tacoma General Hospital.

The driver of the Navigator also was injured and taken to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton.

The accident closed SR 166 for about three and one-half hours Thursday morning. Winger said the driver suspected of being under the influence of alcohol is being investigated by Washington State Patrol on suspicion of vehicular assault.

More in News

.
44 new cases of COVID confirmed in Kitsap

Over past two weeks, Kitsap’s positive case rate per 100,000 residents is 157.2

The Next Door’s new kitchen provides a space for studying with snacks and soda close at hand. (Ken Park/North Kitsap Herald photos)
Youth center, ‘The Next Door,’ opens across from NKHS

The Next Door, a youth center for teens, has opened across the… Continue reading

.
Soul-crushing COVID-19

A lonely, difficult - and educational - journey these 12 months for Kitsap’s small-business owners

Everette J Burd, 45, was convicted of attempted rape in 1997. (Courtesy Photo).
Convicted sex offender moves to Poulsbo

Another convicted sex offender has been placed in the “sex offender house”… Continue reading

.
Port Orchard Farmers Market kicks off this Saturday

Weekly event runs through Oct. 16

.
$12.5 million secured in Congress for rural Washington schools

Rep. Kilmer is key congressional player in securing money

.
‘Chat With The Chief’

Port Orchard police chief to host virtual town hall

.
SKFR board passes EMS levy resolution

District voters will be asked to renew levy on Aug. 3

Most Read