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South Kitsap man killed in Seabeck automobile crash
An early morning crash claimed the life of a South Kitsap man in Seabeck on Sunday, the Kitsap County Sheriffs Office reported.
Christopher Tom Millet, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, which occurred at approximately 2:15 a.m. on Seabeck Highway NW near Holly road in Central Kitsap.
According to Sheriffs Office spokesman Deputy Scott Wil-son, rescue crews arrived on-scene within six minutes of the initial 911 call and pulled all three occupants out of the car, which had rolled over, hit a tree and caught fire.
Wilson said Millet, the driver of the 2002 Chrysler Sebring had been killed, but his two passengers, a 25-year-old Bremerton man and a 21-year-old Central Kitsap man, survived the crash.
They were both airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Wilson said while the investigation into the accident is not complete, preliminary analysis suggests that speed may have been a factor.
It will take a while for the speed work-up to be done, Wilson said, explaining that speed limit is 50 m.p.h. where the accident occurred.
So far, Wilson said inves-tigators believe that Millets car was traveling southbound on Seabeck Highway. When the vehicle reached a sweeping curve just north of Holly Road, it apparently drifted onto the shoulder of the road-way and Millet most likely overcorrected.
The car then crossed the centerline and into the ditch on the other side of the road, rolling over at least once before hitting a tree. After that impact, the engine compartment caught fire.
Wilson said the Kitsap County Coroners Office will perform an autopsy to determine if alcohol or drugs contributed to the collision.
The Kitsap County Sheriffs Office is also continuing its investigation, and anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact Deputy Mike Shannon at (360) 337-4634.