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"Treacherous Sedgwick, Bodle corner could be made safer"

"Poor visibility could be a contributing factor in the two-car accident at Sedgwick and Bodle roads that left two commuters with minor injuries Aug. 17, according to the Washington State Patrol.Unfortunately, responding to such collisions on Sedgwick Road (State Route 160), which is riddled with treacherous hills and chronic speeders, is routine for state troopers and Kitsap County Sheriff's deputies alike.So routine, in fact, that WSP officials are thinking about ensuring that the numerous safety problems that have historically plagued Sedgwick are fixed for good.There has been some discussion that this intersection could become the site of a problem-oriented public safety (POPS) project, because our philosophy is to solve such problems rather then allow them to continue, said Trooper Glenn Tyrrell, a WSP media relations officer.A recent manifestation of the prevention program showed up after state Department of Transportation crews, at the prodding of the WSP, installed a rumble strip along SR 3 between SR 304 and the Newberry Hill Road exit. For years, Tyrrell said, median-crossing accidents troubled that stretch of highway, so troopers worked with several agencies to create an engineering solution for the hazard. Tyrrell said that any such action at Sedgwick and Bodle roads can't be accomplished until troopers first complete the investigation into the accident.The accident investigation isn't complete yet because (troopers) are still taking measurements at the scene and time-distance calculations, Tyrrell said this week.And, as of Monday evening, neither driver received citations based on evidence collected during the investigation.It was around 3 p.m. Thursday when a Geo Metro, driven by 18-year-old Nicholas L. Graves, traveled eastbound on Sedgwick Road toward Bodle. No other passengers were in the car, troopers said.At the same time, a Chevrolet, driven by 18-year-old Kristina M. Coulson of Port Orchard, along with passengers Holli-Anne Lorenz and Alex Lorenz, headed north on Bodle, stopping at the stop sign.According to troopers, the Geo Metro and Chevrolet collided in the eastbound lane of Sedgwick when Coulson attempted to turn left onto Sedgwick at the bottom of hill located immediately before Bodle Road. Graves, a Port Orchard resident, along with Holli-Anne Lorenz of Puyallup, were transported to local hospitals for treatment of head injuries.Medics transported Graves to Tacoma General Hospital, and he was treated and released that day. Lorenz was treated and released in the emergency room at Harrison Memorial Hospital that day as well. Kristina M. Coulson and Alex Lorenz, her other passenger, were not injured.While troopers reported that the Geo Metro was totalled, the car driven by Coulson suffered about $5,000 in damage.Such a waste, say Kitsap County Sheriff's deputies, but no surprise.They agree Sedgwick needs safety work.Drivers definitely should use caution along that particular stretch of road, and along Sedgwick Road in general, said Wayne Gulla, one such deputy. When I started as a new deputy in 1975, I was assigned to work that area and I noticed right away that, with all those dips and valleys, it's easy for a car to be concealed. "

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