Station wagon crashes into shuttle bus carrying 15; no injuries

Car’s driver is charged with driving under the influence and failing to stop at a red light

SUQUAMISH – A car ran a red light and crashed into a shuttle bus carrying 15 people in the intersection of Highway 305 and Suquamish Way early Feb. 4.

There were no injuries, though a 58-year-old passenger of the shuttle bus was taken to Harrison Medical Center as a precaution, Washington State Patrol reported.

The driver of the car, Justin M. Perry, 23, of Bainbridge Island, is charged with driving under the influence and failing to stop at a red light, state patrol reported.

The collision occurred at 2:05 a.m. Perry was driving a station wagon southeast on 305 approaching a red light at the Suquamish Way intersection; the shuttle bus had a green light and was exiting Clearwater Casino Resort. Perry failed to stop for the red light and his car crashed into the shuttle bus.

The southbound land of 305 and the left turn lane from the casino resort were blocked for approximately 1.5 hours. The station wagon and the shuttle bus were impounded by Gateway Towing.

It was the second incident within a three-hour period at or near that intersection. Earlier, at 11:25 p.m. a Kingston woman was struck by a car while she walked across Highway 305 near the Agate Pass Bridge. Whether a charge is filed in that incident depends on the outcome of the investigation, state patrol reported. The pedestrian failed “to yield to vehicle traffic,” state patrol reported. Drugs or alcohol were involved.

According to state patrol, a black newer-model car driven by a Bainbridge Island man was headed south on 305 approaching the Agate Pass Bridge. The pedestrian, identified as Shaina Marie Stewart, 23, was crossing from north shoulder toward the south shoulder but was not in a crosswalk or an intersection, and was struck by the car in the southbound lane.

Stewart was taken by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, state patrol reported.