Tacoma man killed, two injured in Highway 16 collision

PORT ORCHARD — A Tacoma man was killed and two Bremerton residents injured in a two-car collision at 11:59 p.m. Jan. 17 on Highway 16, five miles east of Port Orchard.

Washington State Patrol identified the deceased at Noe Hernandez-Larios, 41, of Tacoma. The driver of the other car, a 29-year-old Bremerton man, was not injured. His passengers, a 25-year-old woman and a 4-year-old female child, were taken by ambulance to Tacoma General Hospital.

State patrol believes Hernandez-Larios fell asleep at the wheel of his dark green 2004 Nissan Armada while driving east on Highway 16, and that the vehicle left the road to the left, re-entered and came to rest in the road, where it was struck “a short time later” by the other vehicle — a tan 2003 Buick Century — also traveling east on Highway 16.

State patrol officers reported the collision’s causes as being Hernandez-Largos falling asleep behind the wheel, and the other motorist driving “too fast for conditions.”

No charges had been filed as of morning, Jan. 18, Trooper Russ Winger, Washington State Patrol spokesman, said.

The condition of the two passengers at Tacoma General Hospital were not immediately known.