Passenger dies, driver injured in 1-vehicle SR 302 crash on Key Peninsula

Staff writerJanuary 12, 2014 

A passenger in a single-vehicle crash on the Key Peninsula died Sunday, according to the State Patrol. 

The crash happened about 3:15 p.m. at state Route 302 and 146th Avenue KPN.

Erik Bailey, 33 of Gig Harbor, died at the scene, troopers said. The driver, a 17-year-old boy from Fircrest, was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center. State Patrol spokesman Guy Gill said the boy's injuries were life-threatening.

A witness who had been driving behind the vehicle for a few miles told investigators that there were no driving issues with the 1992 Toyota 4-Runner until the driver slowly drifted off the road, Gill said.

The State Patrol said the Toyota crossed the center line of eastbound SR302 into the westbound lanes, left the road, hit an embankment, rolled and hit a tree.

Troopers said the cause of the wreck was driver inattention. They did not expect any charges.

The road was initially fully blocked, Gill said. Crews finished clearing the scene about 6 p.m.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268

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