Gig Harbor man, tavern reach $1M settlement

A Gig Harbor man, who was badly injured last year when hit by a car, has reached an out-of-court settlement with the Bremerton tavern where the driver allegedly had been drinking before the crash.

Tracyton Public House has agreed to pay Andrew O’Brien $1 million, according to the Holland Law Group, a Seattle-based firm that represents O’Brien.

In addition, the 26-year-old man’s insurance carrier has agreed to pay him $300,000, Holland Law Group said Thursday.

O’Brien was walking home from the Tracyton Public House with his friend Alana Kemppainen-Cartwright in September 2014 when they were hit by a car.

Kemppainen-Cartwright, 23, was killed. O’Brien suffered multiple severe injuries from which he still is recovering, his lawyers said.

The driver of the car, Daniel Krogman, has been charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault and awaits trial.

Kitsap County prosecutors allege he had been drinking at the tavern before the wreck, The Kitsap Sun newspaper has reported.