Bremerton police arrested 40-year-old Andrew P. Otiker on charges of vehicular homicide following a reported head-on collision on Highway 3 on Monday.
Police were notified of the crash just south of Division Ave. around 4:27 p.m. According to a certificate of probable cause filed in Kitsap County, a witness told police she was behind Otiker’s Ford F150 truck when she saw it “cross the center line” and collide with a Ford Taurus.
The Ford Taurus was being driven by 85-year-old Fred Hake, an Army veteran and retired accountant, according to a family member. Hake sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash.
Police said they noticed “signs of impairment and detected the odor of marijuana on the driver of the truck,” according to a Tuesday press release. Otiker allegedly told a Washington State Patrol officer he “briefly passed out” after taking a hit of a cigarette, according to court filings.
The state police officer reported smelling “the heavy odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle,” the filing states. At the hospital police applied for a search warrant and received a blood sample.
Otiker was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, a class A felony punishable by up to life in prison. He has a prior felony conviction for drug charges dating to 2003, and is being held on $300,000 bail.