Port Townsend teen hurt when Jeep traps her in two-car wreck on state Highway 19 near Port Hadlock
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This wreck on state Highway 19 at the intersection with Irondale Road near Port Hadlock injured a teenage driver Tuesday. — Bill Beezley/ East Jefferson Fire-Rescue

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT HADLOCK — A Port Townsend teen was hurt in a two-car wreck that left her trapped under the Jeep she was driving after it tipped over on state Highway 19.

Aija R. Thomas, 16, was taken to Jefferson Healthcare hospital after her vehicle collided with a Ford Focus that had pulled out in front of her on state Highway 19 at the intersection with Irondale Road at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday, the State Patrol said.

A Jefferson Healthcare hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday morning that no one with the girl's name was listed on the hospital's patient roster.

Bill Beezley, spokesman for East Jefferson Fire-Rescue, said the Jeep rolled after the wreck and trapped the girl's leg underneath the vehicle's roll bar.

Passers-by at the scene about 6 miles south of Port Townsend helped lift the Jeep off her, he said.

According to State Patrol accounts, Thomas was headed north on Highway 19 in a 1985 Jeep CJ 7 with Jacob P. Kinny, 16, of Chimacum as a passenger.

As the Jeep approached the intersection with Irondale Road, Laverne R. Hicks, 83, of Port Hadlock was headed west on Irondale Road in a 2006 Ford Focus sedan and pulled out in front of the Jeep to turn left onto the highway, the State Patrol said.

The Jeep struck the Focus, the State Patrol said, causing the Jeep to tip over onto its driver's side.

Kinny, Hicks and Hicks' 86-year-old passenger, Kathrine E. Olsen of Chimacum, were not injured, the State Patrol said.

The State Patrol listed the cause of the wreck as Hicks failing to yield.

All were wearing seat belts, the State Patrol said.


Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: July 09. 2014 11:45PM
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