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UPDATE: Gig Harbor man killed in 1-car crash on SR302 near Purdy

Post by Kate McEntee / The News Tribune on Sep. 25, 2011 at 7:13 am with 10 Comments »
October 1, 2011 12:15 pm

Update, 9:23 a.m.: The man killed in this morning’s crash has been identified as 29-year-old Michael J. Iverson of Gig Harbor.

“Speed was a big factor in this morning’s fatality collision on SR-302,” Trooper Guy Gill wrote on Twitter. “It is unknown at this time if alcohol and/or drugs were involved.”

Courtesy of the Washington State Patrol

Update, 8:50 a.m.: According to the Washington State Patrol, a 29-year-old Gig Harbor man was killed in the crash. He was driving a 1995 BMW M3, which left the roadway and struck a tree.

A State Patrol spokesman said that speed is a factor in the crash.

All lanes of SR302 were reopened around 8:45 a.m.

Earlier post: An accident in which a car struck a tree is blocking all lanes of state Route 302 near Purdy this morning.

The crash occurred just after 5 a.m. near 118th Avenue on SR 302.

The Washington State Patrol, an Incident Response Team and fire crew are on scene. Traffic is being detoured around the site. Drivers should expect delays and seek alternate routes, the Department of Transportation said.

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  1. The young driver died. The accident cause seems to have been excessive speed.

  2. Not to disagree, Frida, but this stretch of road is not intuitive enough for its 50MPH speed limit. Other roads in the area are much easier to drive and they have 40 or 45 MPH limits.

    The point on the road where this man died is just west of milepost 111. The road curves and drops down in altitude at the same time, thereby deceiving the driver into thinking he is slowing down enough. Plus, this morning there was a light mist of rain on the road.

    If I was the executor of this man’s estate, I would sue the state.

    I have lived with this road less than 25 yards from my back door for three years. We have had four or five serious accidents within 50 yards of our mailbox. Two of them have taken out parts of our fence. One was a head on at a combined speed of almost 90 MPH.

    The speed limit is too high. Since it is a state highway, it appears that the county is stuck with it. Meanwhile, every so often we get to see how well our EMTs respond.

  3. SandraMC says:

    Frida- how can you say “no disrespect to the family” and then make a heartless comment like that? It is just a reminder of how cold hearted and insensitive people can be. Irregardless of how this young man died, it is still a loss of a life. People like you are what makes this world a scary and sad place. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  4. BMW M3…do they need to say more?


  6. palmtrees says:

    He was in no way an idiot. He was on his way home from work, and was not drinking or on drugs. He was going the speed limit. But with the weather conditions, he probably shouldn’t have been. His family is greaving, and calling the person who died is in no way humane. If this was your family member, you would not speak, or want anyone else to speak of the person as such. Think about how you speak or make comments about something, and how they will affect others. Including his family and friends. I knew him for 10 years, and my sister is his girlfriend, and spoke to him just moments before this happened, and he told her that he didn’t feel safe being on the phone because he thought he was going to hydroplane. Which is most likely what caused him to lose control of the car. Please, before you make insensitive comments, think first. His family is trying to moarn, and things like that are not helpful. Think of how you would react if this was your family member or friend.

  7. rainstormtonite says:

    The loss of one so young is undescribable. In the end It really doesn’t matter what caused his car to go off the road, the only thing that really matters is that he lost his life and that those who knew and loved him are suffering deeply. They have lost a boyfriend,a friend, a child. My deepest sympathies go out to all those who knew and loved Mike. I was one of those lucky people.

  8. tonnibell says:

    Thanks ‘palmtree’….my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends. Its amazing the comments people make when they dont have a clue. This car would at first appear there were drugs &-or alcohol involved but people are quick to judge…like ‘sixate’…..ASSUMING because the kind of car it was “do they need to say more”…HEARTLESS SOB! I truely believe what goes around, comes around and ‘palmtree’ will someday endure the pain the family & friends are dealing with right now.

  9. MomOfMichael says:

    I have lived out here for 17years and you are absolutly right!
    The speed limit is to fast. It needs to be changed to 35 to 40 miles through that area and guard rails. How many more accidents and deaths need to happen before something is done? His girlfriend had talked to him at 4:42am and he had said to her “I need to let you go there is lots of water on the road I will call you when I get home” He was approx 1.5 miles from home when he hit the tree.
    I can’t tell you all how much this hurts. The only way to make this better is to change the speed limit and put up guard rails and lights.
    I’m not sure right now how to make this happen but you can be assured I will find out.

  10. cking9900 says:

    My heart goes out to you and your family as you try to cope with this terrible tragedy. What you are going through is unimaginable. There is always some self-righteous, heartless jerk looking for an opportunity to throw their indignant opinion around. I pray for you and wish you the best in your efforts to change the safety of that highway in memory of your son. My deepest sympathy.

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