Yeager faces up to four years for role in fatal crash

POULSBO — The driver charged with the death of Jenna Carp of Bremerton has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

Kim Yeager, 46, of Poulsbo entered a plea agreement June 14 for the collision that occurred Dec. 9 on State Route 305. A recommended sentence of four years has been entered. Her sentencing is June 27.

Yeager will receive credit for time already served. She remains in custody. Following her release from the corrections center, she will be under supervision for 18 months.

Yeager had a blood alcohol level of .15, according to court documents.

According to a State Patrol report, Yeager was driving a 2000 Hyundai Sonata northbound on 305 when the crash occurred. Her car was weaving in and out of a ditch, struck a row of mailboxes, then crossed the center line and struck a 1993 Saturn SL 1 head-on in the southbound lane. Michael Eischen, 49, of Port Orchard was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries; Carp, his passenger, was declared dead at the scene. Kitsap County Coroner Greg Sandstrom said Carp died of multiple blunt force injuries to the neck and torso. Yeager was also airlifted to Harborview.

The crash occurred at George Lane in Suquamish. Eischen was wearing a seatbelt; Carp was wearing a shoulder belt, according to State Patrol. Yeager was wearing a seatbelt.

According to the investigative report, Yeager had no recollection of the day’s events. A friend made a statement to the State Patrol that the two were headed for a holiday work party in Seattle that day via the Bainbridge ferry. Yeager drove to the ferry without incident, but the friend said he suggested they not attend the party after she fell outside the terminal and he suspected she was too intoxicated. The friend drove Yeager’s car back toward Poulsbo, but left Yeager with her vehicle when she began “yanking at the steering wheel.”

Yeager was traveling north on State Route 305 at Seabold Road when another driver, traveling south, called 911 to report she was struck by a car with one headlight at 5:52 p.m. The car matched the description of Yeager’s car. A Bainbridge Island taxi driver also spotted Yeager’s vehicle, with one headlight and a flattened tire. According to the report Yeager struck a row of mailboxes at Ferncliff Avenue and Garibaldi Avenue on Bainbridge Island, driving at erratic speeds, before driving into a ditch.

The taxi driver reported the car to Cencom and continued to follow Yeager’s car, now out of the ditch, on State Route 305, attempting to keep traffic away from her vehicle. He was reporting updates to 911 when he saw Yeager crash into Eischen’s vehicle at about 6:05 p.m.

Witnesses checked on the victims in both vehicles; one reported smelling a strong odor of alcohol on Yeager. Toxicology later determined her blood alcohol content was .15.

Bainbridge Island Police, Washington State Patrol and Suquamish Police reported to the scene, as well as North Kitsap Fire and Rescue and Poulsbo Fire.

— Kipp Robertson


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