"Woman struck, killed by vehicle"
June 12, 2008 · Updated 10:12 AM
"Port Orchard police, Fire District 7 medics and the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office responded to Canyon Court in Port Orchard Dec. 3 when a woman driving a Jeep Wagoneer ran off the road and struck and killed a woman standing in her lawn.Kandis Kingston, 50, was admiring Christmas decorations with her husband and neighbors when they heard what sounded like a vehicle accelerating toward them, according to a police report.Her husband told police he barely had time to grab his daughter and pull her into the street before the driver struck a chain-link fence surrounding the lawn.The vehicle continued, striking Kingston and a neighbor before rolling back down an incline into a house across the street. Kingston died of multiple head, chest and abdominal injuries at the scene.The neighbor, who was lying down in the living room when police arrived, said he jumped to get out of the way of the vehicle, but was hit in the legs, causing him to fly up into the windshield.A Port Orchard police officer said the 19-year-old driver of the Jeep appeared incoherent when he approached the vehicle to talk to her. The woman lives several houses down from the scene of the accident on Canyon Court.The officer had to open the passenger door to talk to the woman, who said she didn't know what happened. The officer helped the woman out of the Jeep and to his patrol car.Though her speech was slurred and sometimes incomprehensible and she was unsteady, she did not smell like alcohol, nor did she demonstrate other symptoms of alcohol consumption. A breath test indicated the woman had not been drinking.The officer left the woman in his patrol car and went to get a medic to assess her. When he returned, the woman was alert and lucid. Medics evaluated her and said she did not need medical treatment.During questioning, the woman again said she didn't know what happened. She said she remembered leaving her house and the next thing she remembered was the officer knocking on her window.The woman, whose driver's license had been suspended several years ago, said she suffers from epilepsy and takes medication for grand mal seizures.Police took the woman to the Gorst fire station for blood samples, which are currently being analyzed at the state toxicology lab. Results of the blood analysis could take several weeks. "