Vehicular homicide charge possible in fatal crash
By KAITLIN STROHSCHEIN
Port Orchard Independent Reporter
September 2, 2011 · Updated 10:21 AM
Updated: 11 a.m. Sept. 1
A car crash near the intersection of Sedgwick and Long Lake roads last weekend left a 52-year-old Southworth man dead and a 23-year-old sailor facing possible vehicular homicide charges.
The suspect, Peter M. Sedrak of Port Orchard, drove his vehicle into the back of a car driven by Harold L. Keith, who was pronounced dead at the scene after his car rolled down a 20-foot embankment around 2 a.m. Saturday, according to a report by the Washington State Patrol.
Both vehicles were traveling eastbound on State Route 160 when Sedrak drove his 2003 Infinity G35 “at a high rate of speed” into the back of Keith’s 1990 Geo Prism, forcing Keith’s car off the roadway to the right, according to the report.
Sedrak’s vehicle veered to the left, struck a guardrail and spun around. It continued east, hitting a second guard rail and a housing development sign before stopping on Peppermill Road.
A 27-year-old Port Orchard woman in Sedrak’s vehicle suffered neck and back injuries and was transported by ambulance to Harrison Hospital. A 24-year-old Silverdale man in the vehicle was uninjured.
Sedrak suffered a head injury but refused aid.
He was initially booked into the Kitsap County Jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide and his bail was set at $100,000.
He was later released until law enforcement agencies complete an investigation of the accident.
“At the point that (Sedrak) was arrested, we only had the most preliminary of reports,” said Ione George, the chief of case management for the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s office.
Prosecutors hope to learn the “cause of the accident, who was responsible,” she said, “just the basic facts of what happened that night and how it happened.”
Once the investigation by law enforcement is concluded, George said, the prosecutor’s office may file criminal charges.
Sedrak has no prior criminal history, according to authorities.
The Washington State Patrol is handling the investigation.
“A fatality collision (investigation) usually takes a month at least,” said Trooper Krista Headstrom, WSP’s local public information officer.
The state patrol will include toxicology results and an autopsy in the final report.
It’s “just a matter of waiting,” until results get back to investigators, Headstrom said.
Since he was released from jail, Sedrak has gone back to his job as a missile technician 3rd class on the USS Pennsylvania, stationed at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.
“He has been returned to his command, the USS Pensylvania, pending further action by local authorities,” Ed Early, the public affairs officer for subgroup 9 said. “The Navy is awaiting civian law enfocrement’s law enforcement action against him before we take legal action ourselves.”
Troopers closed Sedgwick Road for more than six hours following the crash for a preliminary investigation.
During the investigation, they found a hand grenade near the vehicles, which a bomb squad later identified as an inert World War II-era pineapple grenade.