SK woman falls asleep, runs van into power line

Taken from an incident report by a Kitsap County Sheriff's Deputy:

A 38-year-old South Kitsap woman rammed her 2000 Honda Odyssey van into a utility poll, in the 3500 block of Bethel Road SE, around 7:15 p.m. July 3, injuring her two daughters.

Witnesses offered different stories about what had happened.

The woman driving the van said that she was leaning down to pick up an item when the vehicle went off the roadway on its west side, and struck the utility pole.

Another witness said that the woman appeared to have fallen asleep shortly before the van crashed.

A 34-year-old woman gave evidence to support the second theory, saying that she never saw the van’s brake lights go on.

A deputy found further evidence to support the second story, when he visited the woman at Harrison Medical Center, where South Kitsap Fire and Rescue had taken her and her daughters, following the crash.

Nurses told the deputy that “something was not right” with the woman. She had mood swings, a nurse said, and fell asleep in conversation with the hospital staff.

She didn’t smell like alcohol, the deputy noted, but may have had been experiencing side effects from legal or illegal drugs.

The woman told the deputy that she had prescriptions for Percocet, Clonazepa and Fentanyl, but hadn’t taken them that day because she knew she’d be driving.

But she fell asleep several times while the deputy was talking with her.

The deputy read the woman her miranda rights, but she said that she didn’t understand them.

The deputy asked what she didn’t understand, and she couldn’t say.

Next, the deputy arrested the woman for driving under the influence, resulting in an accident with serious bodily injury to another.

While reading the warnings to the woman, she fell asleep again for about three seconds.

The deputy stayed with the woman until a phlebotamist drew her blood, to test to tell the extent to which she’d taken drugs or alcohol before the incident.


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