Seven injured in four collisions over four-day period in Kitsap

Seven injured in four collisions over four-day period in Kitsap

BREMERTON — Seven people were injured in four vehicle collisions over a four-day period in Kitsap County.

At 5:55 p.m. Sept. 24 in Gorst, Mary L. Button, 51, of Seabeck was injured when her four-door sedan was struck by a vehicle that made an unsafe lane change on eastbound Highway 16.

Button was taken to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, the Washington State Patrol reported. The driver of the other car, Christian A. Selfridge, 25, of Port Orchard was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

At 7:40 p.m. Sept. 23, a 47-year-old bicyclist from Port Orchard was struck by a compact car when he reportedly turned in front of the vehicle on westbound Highway 16 just west of Mullenix Road. Drugs or alcohol may have been involved, Washington State Patrol reported.

The driver of the compact car, a 27-year-old man from Centralia, was not injured. The bicyclist was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. The incident was still under investigation Sept. 25.

At 10:38 p.m. Sept. 18, a Bremerton woman was taken to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton after the compact car in which she was a passenger went out of control on eastbound Highway 16 five miles south of Bremerton, struck a utility pole and crashed into an unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot of Kitsap Auto Center.

The driver, Joseph C. Reyes, 26, of Port Orchard, was charged with negligent driving and driving while license suspended, Washington State Patrol reported. His car was impounded. His passenger, Tawnee L. Hofschneider, 27, was transported by aid unit to Harrison.

At 1:12 p.m. Sept. 16, a passenger in a vehicle was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a two-car collision on westbound Highway 16 in Gorst.

The collision occurred when a pickup truck in the westbound lane collided with a sedan that had pulled from the eastbound lane into the median to cross into a car dealership, Washington State Patrol reported. The collision is under investigation.

The pickup truck driver, Luke M. Palmer, 23, of Belfair was not injured. His passenger, Paul L. Lowe, 29, of Port Orchard had minor injuries but was not transported to a hospital.

The other driver, Lauren M. Mularski, 27, of Bremerton, and one of her passengers, Ian R. McElroy, 22, of Vacaville, California, were transported to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton. Mularski’s other passenger, James W. Greeno, 22, of Amarillo, Texas, was airlifted to Harborview.

— Richard Walker is managing editor of Kitsap News Group. Contact him at

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