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Three hurt in Highway 305 accident

December 8, 2012 · 11:52 AM
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Three people — including two Bainbridge Island residents — were injured in a three-car crash on Highway 305 just south of Poulsbo Friday evening.

The Washington State Patrol said the accident occurred when a 90-year-old Bainbridge Island man was driving south on Highway 305 in a 2011 Jeep Cherokee and hit the back end of 2003 Subaru Legacy that had slowed for traffic.

The Subaru, driven by a 66-year-old Poulsbo man, was then pushed into a 2009 Lexus RX350 that was in front of him.

The Subaru was totaled and the driver, John T. Hayward, was injured and taken to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton.

A passenger in the Subaru, Janice M. Rasmussen, 61, of Bainbridge Island, was also injured but declined treatment.

The State Patrol identified the driver of the Jeep as Walter L. Berg. He was also hurt in the crash but declined medical aid. His car was driven from the scene.

The driver of the Lexus,  Eric O. Rasmussen, 61, also of Bainbridge Island, was not hurt in the crash. The Lexus was also driven from the scene.

Authorities said alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the accident, which happened at 5:17 p.m. one mile south of Poulsbo near Noll Road.

The accident closed the roadway for more than 90 minutes.

The State Patrol said Berg will face charges of following too close.

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