SK man killed in early-morning wreck

A 22-year-old South Kitsap man was killed on Wednesday morning after he lost control of his car and crashed into at least three parked vehicles at a tow lot on Bethel Road, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

Spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson said excessive speed was definitely a factor in the accident, which claimed the life of Dominic A. Lupica, but further tests would be needed to determine if alcohol or drugs were in his system.

Wilson said the victim was wearing his seatbelt.

According to Wilson, the crash was discovered shortly before 2 a.m. by a fellow sheriff’s deputy patrolling the area. Lupica’s vehicle — a 1992 Turquoise Ford Thunderbird — had flipped over and landed on its roof after apparently striking a car, a pick-up truck and the back-end of a motorhome before coming to a stop.

Wilson said Lupica was declared dead at the scene, and an autopsy will be needed to determine the exact time of his death.

All the vehicles Lupica struck were parked at Bethel Towing and Automotive at 6750 Bethel Road. Wilson said investigators believe Lupica failed to negotiate a sharp curve near the lot while traveling southbound, then lost control of his car and drove down the embankment into the lot.

After striking all three cars, Lupica’s car then traveled up another embankment before coming to rest on its roof.

Wilson said there were no passengers or pedestrians involved in the accident, and no other casualties.

He said Lupica had been recently discharged from the U.S. Navy.

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