Motorists injured in pre-Memorial Day accidents

"Though State Patrol dispatchers said Monday that officers weren't responding to traffic patterns beyond the usual Memorial Day holiday crunch, some serious accidents occurred in the South Kitsap area over the past week.A three-car accident last Thursday afternoon injured at least three Port Orchard residents and blocked traffic for hours on Lund Avenue, west of Bethel Avenue. And a Belfair man was injured in a mishap on Belfair-Tahuya Road last Saturday.Kitsap County Sheriff investigators arrested a 20-year-old man at the scene of the Lund Avenue accident for vehicular assault. The accident, which authorities say may have been caused by speed, is still under investigation.Sheriff deputy Earl Smith said Port Orchard resident Steven Irwin, 20, was driving his Honda eastbound on Lund when he lost control of the car, crossed the center line and struck a Chevrolet Blazer and then a Chevrolet Cavalier in the opposite lane. The Blazer rolled and Richard Stingle, also of Port Orchard, was flung from the vehicle. The 45-year-old was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries, but as of Monday was listed in satisfactory condition. Investigators said it appeared Stingle wasn't wearing his seatbelt.In the third car involved in the crash, authorities said Beverly Daubenspeck of Port Orchard was driving her two children, Rebecca and Timothy. Daubenspeck's injuries, if any, were unkown at the scene of the accident, investigators said. The girl suffered a leg fracture and the boy's head was cut. Both were taken to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma but have since been released.On Saturday, the rain was pouring when Philip Zetty of Belfair was involved in a one-car accident, the State Patrol said.The 51-year-old was driving his Toyota when it struck a ditch, rolled twice and came to a rest at the intersection of Belfair-Tahuya Road and Viewridge Drive.Troopers reported Zetty wasn't wearing a seatbelt. Zetty was transported to Harrison Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to Harborview with massive trauma, troopers said. By Monday, doctors said he was in satisfactory condition."

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