80-year-old man dies following SK car accident

Kitsap County deputies investigate a T-bone crash that happened at the intersection of Colchester and Mile Hill Drive on Tuesday morning. - Kaitlin Strohschein/Staff Photo
Kitsap County deputies investigate a T-bone crash that happened at the intersection of Colchester and Mile Hill Drive on Tuesday morning.
— image credit: Kaitlin Strohschein/Staff Photo

Traffic was rerouted around the intersection of Colchester Drive East and South East Mile Hill Drive near Manchester, to avoid a T-bone accident involving a 2005 Toyota Scion and a 1998 Chevorlet pickup truck on Tuesday afternoon.

James D. Nordale, an 80-year-old South Kitsap man driving the Scion was taken from the scene in critical condition, and died in Seattle later that afternoon.

“We flew him to Harborview for his injuries,” said Jon Gudmundsen, the duty chief for South Kitsap Fire and Rescue. “He’s there now being treated.”

South Kitsap Fire and Rescue workers evaluated his condition and called for a helicopter to pick the man up from the South Kitsap High School football field.

They made the call for the helicopter at 11:20 a.m., and it arrived in South Kitsap at 11:38 a.m. Liftoff was 11:55 a.m.

South Kitsap Fire and Rescue also transported the 35-year-old woman driving the truck to Harrison Medical Center for evaluation and treatment for minor injuries.

A passerby reported the accident at 11:07 a.m., and South Kitsap Fire and Rescue workers arrived at 11:11 a.m., followed by deputies from the Sheriff's Office who arrived at 11:14 a.m.

The Sheriff's Office completed a report with details about the accident.

"The driver of the Toyota Scion was at the intersection and trying to make a left hand turn, and was struck at the driver’s door by the driver heading westbound," said Deputy Scott Wilson, a spokesman for the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.

"The driver of the Toyota failed to yield to cross traffic," he said.

"The force of the momentum caused both vehicles to turn in a counterclockwise direction," he said. "They came to a rest on the south shoulder of Mile Hill Drive."

Both vehicles were totaled.

"There’s no issue with excessive speed or use of alcohol, and both occupants were wearing seat belts," said Wilson. "He just pulled out in front of her and she didn’t have time to stop."


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