Deputies seek vehicle that fled wreck

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating allegations that another vehicle fled the scene of a rollover wreck in Port Townsend that sent one woman to a Seattle hospital.

Pauline Longcrier, 65, of Port Townsend was sent to Harborview Medical Center on Thursday and was recovering from her injuries in the intensive care unit, according to Heather Longcrier, Pauline Longcrier’s daughter.

At the scene of the wreck Thursday, which blocked traffic on Cape George Road from about 9:45 a.m. to sometime after 4:30 p.m., Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Gordon Tamura said Pauline Longcrier appeared to have suffered trauma to her head and neck.

On Friday, Heather Longcrier said her mother had no injuries to her neck and hospital staff expected to move her out of the ICU soon.

Pauline Longcrier was driven to Harborview by crews from East Jefferson Fire-Rescue. Airlift Northwest was called to the scene but couldn’t respond due to mechanical issues, according to Sarah Gregg, a spokeswoman for Harborview.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the wreck, which occurred Thursday morning at the intersection of Cape George Road and Nelson’s Landing.

According to Heather Longcrier, her mother reported to sheriff’s deputies that another vehicle swerved into her lane, which caused her to swerve off the road in an attempt to avoid a collision.

Pauline Longcrier’s vehicle left the roadway, rolled three times and hit a guide pole on the south side of Cape George Road.

According to Heather Longcrier, her mother remembers that the other vehicle stopped for a moment before fleeing the scene.

Arthur Frank, chief criminal investigator for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed that the Sheriff’s Office is looking into finding and identifying the driver who fled.

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Jefferson County Editor/Reporter Cydney McFarland can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 55052, or at [email protected]

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