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Bear cub wasnt cause of car crash
On June 23, Joel Osborne, an 18-year-old newcomer from California, was in a car accident he originally said was caused when he swerved to miss a baby bear. Osborne, driving a silver Honda Prelude, collided with a red Honda CRV driven by a 16-year-old Central Kitsap girl as her twin sister rode along in the passengers seat.
It may not have been the baby bears fault, after all.
According to a Kitsap County Sheriffs Office report, Osborne and his two passengers were allegedly harassing the baby bear and shooting it with a slingshot.
The group was parked in Jason Jasinkis driveway on Island Lake Road and shouting something about a bear, according to the report. Jasinki was in the kitchen, which is located in the back of his house, when the incident occured.
Two of Jasinkis children told him about the boys and the bear, Jasinki told Sheriffs deputies.
My kids saw a bear in our yard, I went outside after we saw it cross the road and I saw a silver Honda Prelude cruising the street with a passenger hanging out the sunroof shooting a slingshot at where we saw the bear earlier, Jasinki wrote in his statement for the deputies.
After the bear and the car left, Jasinki drove his wifes car to Island Lake Park to see if he could find the boys to write down their license plate number, he stated. He found the car, but Osborne and his friends left before Jasinki could write down the license plate number.
Jasinki told Sheriffs deputies that he saw Osbornes Honda driving on the wrong side of the road and Osborne looked at Jasinki and flashed him a peace sign with his hand. Jasinki looked away from the road and heard a crash.
The driver of the red CRV told deputies she was driving in her lane at 30 mph (the posted speed limit) when the Prelude appeared in front on her. The incident occurred so quickly she did not have time to respond.
Osborne at first told deputies he and his friends were not harassing the bear. Then, he said one of his friends shot at the bear, but he wasnt sure if it was hit.
Osborne showed deputies a California drivers license, but did not have current registration or proof of insurance.
According to Stephanie Marquis, a spokesperson for the state Insurance Commissioners Office, approximately 14 percent of all motorists were uninsured in 2003.
In the most current state statistics, about 15 percent of all motorists in the state were uninsured from 1995 to 1997. The state of Washington requires motorists to carry a minimum of liability insurance. If a motorist has liability insurance, that would cover damages to the other partys car.
Marquis said if a motorist is involved in a car accident with an uninsured motorist, it is difficult to determine whether one accident would raise his or her insurance rates.
There are just so many other factors to consider, Marquis said. It depends on how many claims your insurance has had, how many claims your insurance company has had (overall). ... It doesnt necessarily mean your insurance rates are going to go up.