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Fundraiser planned for victim of hit-and-run incident

Ariel Oksendahl, a South Kitsap resident, was seriously injured on New Year’s Day when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Seattle - Courtesy photo
Ariel Oksendahl, a South Kitsap resident, was seriously injured on New Year’s Day when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Seattle
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Heritage Foursquare Church of Port Orchard has organized a family fun night fundraiser to benefit South Kitsap resident Ariel Oksendahl, who was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver in Seattle on New Years Day.

Police say a vehicle heading south on Airport Way S. hit Oksendahl and then fled the scene.

It was last seen in the area of Airport Way South and South Charles Street.

Ariel and her parents Peter and Nola Oksendahl moved to Port Orchard just as Ariel was beginning college at St. Martin’s University in Lacey.

Ariel, who commuted daily from Port Orchard to attend St. Martin’s University, graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biology in 2008.

She is now a full-time student at the University of Puget Sound’s physical therapy doctoral program.

When not commuting or studying, Oksendahl works part-time at Staples in Port Orchard.

The fundraiser is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the church’s location above the Port Orchard Theater on Bay Street.

In addition to the planned fundraiser, a donation account has been established at Key Bank (the “Ariel L. Oksendahl Donation Account”) to assist with her recovery expenses.

Call (206) 841-0153 for more information.

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