PO man struck and killed by truck

Police are still investigating, but most believe the car-pedestrian crash that killed a Port Orchard man last Thursday is a basic — albeit tragic — case of wrong place, wrong time.

According to State Patrol reports, a 51-year-old Bremerton man was on his way back from a long trip, southbound on State Route 3 approaching Gorst just before noon, when one of his tires started to go flat. As the man rounded the curve near the railroad trestle, his pickup drifted into the shoulder and struck Larry D. Brigham, 41, who had been trying to put up a real estate For Sale sign on the side of the road.

State Patrol spokesman Lt. Helmut Steele said the flat tire, which was on the right side of the vehicle, may have helped to pull the truck off the road.

Although police do not know exactly how fast the truck was traveling at the time of the crash, the speed limit along that stretch of highway is 40 mph. Brigham was pronounced dead at the scene.

Steele said it doesn’t appear the Bremerton man was behaving at all recklessly. He said troopers interviewed all the witnesses and they said the man had been driving safely and obeying the speed limit. No evidence of drugs or alcohol were found.

Steele said the department will still forward the results of the investigation to the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office for review, but didn’t anticipate the office would file serious — if any — charges.

“There’s combination of circumstances here,” Steele said. “His tire being low was a factor, him being tired (from the trip) was a factor.”

“It’s a tragedy, yes,” he added.

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