SILVERDALE, Wash. - Deputies took a woman into custody after a Silverdale crash that killed a woman early Saturday morning, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.
The collision happened at the intersection of Silverdale Way Northwest and Northwest Bucklin Hill Road.
The incident started when deputies and Washington State Patrol troopers responded to the 3300 block of Northwest Byron Street around 1 a.m. after a 911 call of a domestic violence incident that allegedly happened inside of a local night spot.
A person standing near a Lincoln MKS matched the description of a person involved in the domestic incident, and authorities detained a man for further investigation.
Deputies attempted to contact a 28-year-old woman sitting in the passenger’s seat of the vehicle, but she refused to cooperate.
The woman then moved to the driver’s seat and drove away westbound on Byron Street. She turned right onto Silverdale Way and continued northbound at an extreme rate of speed, according to deputies.
The Sheriff’s Office said when the woman failed to stop at a red traffic signal at Bucklin Hill Road, she struck a Nissan Versa traveling eastbound on Bucklin Hill Road, which had a green traffic signal.
A man was driving the Nissan and a woman was sitting in the passenger’s seat.
The Nissan rolled over and stopped about 100 yards further north while the Lincoln crashed into a street light pole.
Crews responded to the location and declared the passenger of the Nissan deceased at the scene, and the driver was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center with serious injuries. Both occupants were wearing seatbelts.
The Kitsap County’s forensic pathologist will conduct an autopsy of the woman killed, and the county’s coroner will determine the cause and manner of death.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the driver of the Lincoln was not wearing a seatbelt and blood was drawn from her. She was treated at Harrison Medical Center and was booked into the Kitsap County Jail on charges of possession of cocaine. She will make her first court appearance at 3 p.m. Monday.
Deputies said excessive vehicle speed by the driver of the Lincoln was the primary causing factor in the crash. Driving under the influence may have contributed to the crash but the collision is still under investigation.