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Woman killed when fleeing driver’s car runs red light

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on Nov. 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
November 17, 2012 5:55 pm

A Bremerton woman sped away in her car after authorities tried to talk with her about a domestic violence incident early Saturday in Silverdale, ran a red light about a half-mile away, and struck another car, killing its passenger, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The passenger, Lori Lynn Johnson, 40, of Bremerton, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 40-year-old Matlock man who was driving the struck car was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma with serious injuries.

The 28-year-old driver of the speeding car was treated for minor injuries at Harrison Medical Center and booked into Kitsap County Jail on investigation of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, possession of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, and a California parole violation for burglary, the Sheriff’s Office reported. The Bremerton resident was held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The crash took place at the intersection of Silverdale Way Northwest and Northwest Bucklin Hill Road in Silverdale.

Around 1 a.m. Saturday, sheriff’s patrol deputies and Washington State Patrol troopers responded to a domestic violence call at a night spot in the 3300 block of Northwest Byron Street in Silverdale.

After detaining a man, authorities attempted to talk with a woman seated on the passenger side in a 2013 Lincoln MKS. She refused to cooperate and drove away at a high rate of speed, the report said.

She ran a red light at the Bucklin Hill Road intersection about a half-mile away. Her northbound car struck an eastbound 2009 Nissan Versa, containing the driver from Matlock and Johnson.

The Versa entered the intersection with a green light, the Sheriff’s Office reported. The Lincoln struck the Nissan at the front passenger door. The sheriff’s report did not name the driver of the Lincoln.

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