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Accident prompts resource for teens in hairy situations

Jackson Stewart remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after Monday
Jackson Stewart remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after Monday's accident.
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In the wake of last week’s alcohol-related collision, community members have pooled their resources to help island teens find another option to get out of a dangerous situation before someone else is hurt.

Bainbridge High School grad Jackson Stewart, 18, has been in the hospital since last Monday after three teens careened into a large redwood tree near the 8000 block of West Port Madison Road after leaving an underage party.

Stewart remains in critical, but stable condition with a traumatic head injury after being life-flighted from the scene during the early morning hours of Aug. 8.

As the police investigation continues island resident Marijane Milton and several other  community members who were distressed about the accident  began an online conversation to provide a community solution.

From the conversation, “Won’t ask, Won’t tell Bainbridge” was created. The Facebook page provides phone numbers of island adults who are willing to give kids a ride out of a dangerous situation without asking questions. The site is in its infancy and Milton said a couple of BHS grads have offered to create a phone application to make the resource more accessible.

Milton said the group of parents have also requested a meeting with the Bainbridge Island School District to talk about the next steps the community can take to avoid another accident like this in the future. She said parents are concerned about issues such as teen drinking, drugs and date abuse.

“This is a small start to what we hope will be a program our local teens know about and feel good enough about to know that we just want them to be safe and want to help them get home,” said Milton in an email.

As of Thursday more than 230 Facebook users had “liked” the page and provided phone numbers for teens to use as a resource when stuck in a scary situation. Milton encourages all island residents to get involved.

Investigation

Two arrests have been made thus far into the police investigation surrounding the accident. Eighteen-year-old Nicole Scoble, the driver of the vehicle was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular assault, in conjunction with the accident.

Scoble was arrested and booked in the Kitsap County Jail and released the next day by the judge.

Police also arrested 18-year-old Kevin Bowman and charged him with providing a place for juveniles to consume alcohol. Bowman hosted the party at his home, and was released from the Kitsap County Jail after posting bail.

Police continue to investigate a list of persons who were named by party attendees for supplying alcohol to the minors at the party.

“We are locating people everyday and are trying to determine who was the primary person who brought most of the alcohol to the party,” said Fehlman. “There was alcohol there when the party started and we are chasing that information down.”

The initial investigation indicated the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and was trying to negotiate a right turn when it traveled across the roadway into the oncoming lane of traffic before colliding with the tree.

When police arrived on the scene, the right-front passenger door was open – indicating another passenger was inside the vehicle, but no one was found in the area.

Police later made contact with the male who fled the scene. Fehlman said the passenger attempted to render aid at the scene of the accident before leaving, and has not been charged with a crime.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bainbridge Island Police Department at 842-5211.

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