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Driver airlifted after 305 crash in 'satisfactory condition'

Allan Wodenscheck of Bremerton was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center Dec. 16 after a head-on collision on Highway 305, near Suquamish Way. Wodenscheck
Allan Wodenscheck of Bremerton was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center Dec. 16 after a head-on collision on Highway 305, near Suquamish Way. Wodenscheck's condition has improved to satisfactory.
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POULSBO — After spending days in Harborview Medical Center's intensive care unit, Allan Wodenscheck was in satisfactory condition and moved onto a different floor.

Wodenscheck, 24, was airlifted to Harborview Dec. 16 after a head-on collision with a suspected drunken driver near the entrance of Agate Pass Bridge in Suquamish. Wodenscheck had a broken leg, shattered femur, broken ankle, and broken collar bone.

The date he was moved could not be verified. But as of Dec. 23, Wodenscheck, a Bremerton resident, is expected to make a complete or close-to-complete recovery, according to his mother, Shelly. Wodenscheck may walk with a limp, depending on how much work can be done with physical therapy.

"We're taking it one day at a time," Shelly Wodenscheck said. "Thanking God he made it through it."

Wodenscheck is expected home as soon as he can be more mobile under his own power, Shelly Wodenscheck said. He will use a wheelchair when he gets home, she said.

Meanwhile, the driver of the other vehicle, Andrew Page Smith, 32, of Poulsbo, is charged with felony vehicular assault. He is due in court Dec. 31.

Shortly after arriving at the crash site at 8:08 a.m., Washington State Patrol troopers were informed by first responders that the driver of a Ford F250 — Smith — smelled of intoxicants. Smith told first responders he had looked down at his cell phone while driving, and when he looked up he sideswiped a box van before colliding head on with Wodenscheck's car, according to a report by the Washington State Patrol.

Smith allegedly failed sobriety tests at the scene while on a gurney, but refused to take a breath test to gauge his blood alcohol level. Smith said he drank four beers and a shot the previous night, according to the report. Smith reportedly told troopers he had been at his mother’s house and was driving home “to pick up more paint” when the crash occurred.

Before being booked into Kitsap County Jail, Smith was reportedly asked again if he wanted to take a breath test and refused. Troopers obtained a warrant for blood samples and blood was drawn at 11 a.m. the day of the crash.

Detectives with the Washington State Patrol also requested that Smith's cell phone be held as evidence.

Wodenscheck was on his way to work at AGS Stainless Inc. on Bainbridge Island when the crash occurred. Everyone at work is concerned about him, AGS Stainless owner Gary Giffin said.

"He's a great guy, a valued employee," Giffin said of Wodenscheck. "[We're] anxious for him to come back to work."

Messages were posted on AGS Stainless' Facebook page in support of Wodenscheck. Giffin said AGS employees have visited him at Harborview.

Giffin said it's "terrible" that Smith was allegedly drunk. The suspected DUI added "insult to injury right there."

But Wodenscheck's coworkers are thinking of him and his job is waiting for him. Wodenscheck also has the support of his fiancée, who has been staying with him at Harborview. Wodenscheck proposed on Thanksgiving, according to his mother.

The family is trying to figure out how they will deal with the medical bills once they receive them.

For now, Shelly Wodenscheck and the family are just trying to be encouraging, she said.

 

 

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