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Pizza driver critically hurt in wreck

A young woman delivering pizzas was critically injured when her vehicle was struck as she tried to cross the highway at Hidden Cove Road Friday evening.

The victim, a 20-year-old Port Orchard woman whose name was being withheld pending notification of relatives, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center following the 5:25 p.m. crash, Bainbridge Police Traffic Officer Rob Corn said. She was said to have numerous life-threatening injuries.

The woman was behind the wheel of a late-model Toyota, and attempted to cross the highway from east Hidden Cove Road. Her vehicle was struck broadside by a Ford Explorer that was traveling southbound at an estimated 40 mph.

The impact pitched the Toyota into the air and over a guard rail 30 feet away, with the mangled vehicle coming to rest at the bottom of a steep gully on the west side of the road.

"All the drivers (on the highway) pulled over to help," Corn said. "911 calls came flowing in from cell-phones."

The woman had to be cut out of the vehicle, and was transported by aid unit to the Madison Avenue fire hall as paramedics tried to stabilize her condition prior to airlift. The driver of the Explorer, a 55-year-old Bainbridge man, was treated at the scene and released.

The victim was employed by a Bainbridge pizza restaurant, and was doing deliveries when the crash occurred. Cause of the collision appeared to be the woman's failure to yield to oncoming traffic, Corn said.

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