Bainbridge blotter | Downshifting into a crash

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.


3:19 p.m. A two-car crash near the intersection of High School Road and Madison Avenue resulted in damage to both vehicles but no injuries.

A 32-year-old Shelton man driving a 2017 Dodge Durango was going east on High School Road toward the Madison Avenue intersection, where he stopped for traffic.

Behind him, a 17-year-old Bainbridge teen in a 2013 Audi did not notice he had stopped and struck the rear of his vehicle.

The teenager said he had been focused on the gear shift, trying to downshift to slow his downhill descent, and so did not notice the car in front of him had stopped.

Both vehicles were damaged but driveable, and insurance information was exchanged.

The teenager was cited for inattentive driving.

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