Hit and run suspect shoots himself with nail gun

A man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition Thursday after shooting himself in the chest with a nail gun.

Washington State Patrol troopers were on a traffic stop on Newberry Hill Road at Chico Way in Silverdale around 1:40 p.m. May 1 when they observed a Ford Explorer collide with a Ford Mustang. Troopers made eye contact with the driver of the Explorer, who proceeded northbound on State Route 3 after failing to stop and remain at the scene of the collision.

A trooper followed the Explorer and activated his lights and siren as they approached the exit to Kitsap Mall Boulevard. The vehicle exited at a slow rate of speed before coming to a stop on the shoulder at the top of the ramp. The trooper gave the driver several verbal commands, but the man was unresponsive. The trooper approached the vehicle and the 18-year-old male passenger told him the driver had shot himself.

Prior to making contact with the trooper, the driver apparently shot himself in the upper left chest area with a concrete nail gun. A “ram gun” is a concrete tool that shoots an approximate 6-inch steel nail, according to the passenger.

Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue transported the driver to Harrison Medical Center for airlift and the man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

Rollover collision injures two on SR 3

A lane changed caused a three-vehicle collision on northbound State Route 3, three miles south of Poulsbo around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1.

All vehicles involved were driving northbound on SR 3 when an unknown person driving a red Toyota pickup truck changed lanes in front of a 38-year-old Poulsbo woman driving a 1995 Toyota 4Runner. The woman took evasive action and left the roadway to the left, then re-entered the road, hitting a 33-year-old Bremerton man’s 2006 Nissan Titan. The woman’s vehicle rolled and landed on its top in the ditch. The Nissan Titan spun 180 degrees and came to rest in the ditch.

The 38-year-old woman was transported to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton with back, neck and abdominal pain. The 33-year-old male was not injured, but his 15-year-old male passenger was transported to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton with cuts and bruises on his hands and head.

The Toyota 4Runner was totaled and damage to the Nissan Titan was estimated at $7,000.

Troopers respond to collision on 303

A 54-year-old Union man driving a 2003 Ford Explorer caused a collision around 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 on State Route 303 just south of Ridgetop Boulevard in Silverdale.

The man was traveling southbound on 303 and traveled into another southbound lane, causing a 38-year-old Bremerton woman to swerve and collide with a barrier. The man and his vehicle were not harmed, but the woman and her 24-year-old female passenger were transported to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton for chest and shoulder pain. Her 1992 Mitsubishi Montero was towed and damaged estimated at $1,500.

All involved parties were wearing seat belts and the male driver was charged with improper lane travel.

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