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Man killed in Seabeck Highway crash Sunday

Christopher Millet, of South Kitsap, was killed in an early morning vehicle collision Sunday. Mike Hayter, 25, of Bremerton, and Stephen Andrews, 21, of Central Kitsap, sustained injuries and were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The Kitsap County Coroner conducted an autopsy Sunday and determined Millet’s cause of death was “multiple blunt force injuries to the head, neck and chest,” according to Coroner Greg Sandstrom.

The 24-year-old man was driving a 2002 Chrysler Sebring 4-door southbound on Seabeck Highway near NW Holly Road in Central Kitsap when the vehicle crashed shortly after 2:15 a.m, according to a report.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Washington State Patrol and Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue crews arrived and found the vehicle lying on its “right side in a drainage ditch with the engine compartment on fire after rolling over and striking a tree,” according to a report. Firefighters and law enforcement officials extracted all three occupants of the vehicle who were trapped inside. All three men were believed to have been wearing seat belts, according to Deputy Scott Wilson, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Although law enforcement is still investigating the collision, a preliminary analysis shows that the vehicle drifted onto the right (southbound) shoulder of the roadway at a point where the road curved to the left. Millet apparently overcorrected to the left, crossed the centerline and went into the ditch, according to a report. The vehicle rolled at least once and hit a tree. The engine compartment caught fire after hitting the tree.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the collision. The Kitsap County Coroner should have toxicology test results in about 10 weeks to determine if alcohol or narcotics played a role in the collision.

“When you’re dealing with serious injuries or fatality it’s going to take quite a while to figure out what happened,” Wilson said. “It’s not something like a parking lot fender bender where we can write up a report in 45 minutes.”

Anyone who may have information about the collision is asked to contact Deputy Mike Shannon at (360) 337-4634.

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