Second patient released after tree vs. SUV collision at Lake Crescent

PORT ANGELES — The driver of an SUV that was struck by a falling tree on U.S. Highway 101 at Lake Crescent on New Year’s Day has been discharged from Harborview Medical Center.

Robert Young, 51, was released from the Seattle hospital Monday, a nursing supervisor said. He is the second survivor of the fatal accident to be discharged from Harborview.

Serious condition

Two other family members who were riding in the SUV remained in serious condition in Harborview’s intensive care unit, a nursing supervisor said Monday.

Dezman Harper, 5, died when an evergreen tree about 20 inches in diameter struck the vehicle on the southwest shore of Lake Crescent near La Poel, authorities said.

Harper and his family were headed home to Federal Way after visiting a longtime friend on the West End for the holidays, authorities said.

All four surviving family members were taken to Harborview after the accident.

Two-year-old Tharon Sluharty, who was riding in the backseat with Harper, was discharged from the hospital Jan. 4.

Julie Young, 50, who was riding in the front seat, was listed in serious condition Monday. She had been in critical condition one week after the wreck.

Isabella “Bella” Young, 5, was listed in serious in the days after the accident and remained in serious condition Monday.

Back surgery

Bella had surgery for a broken back on the day of the accident and is paralyzed from the waist down, according to a relative.

A GoFundMe account to help with funeral and medical expenses is at www.gofundme.com/young-family-medical-and-funeral.

The accident was reported at 2:16 p.m. Jan. 1 near Milepost 223.

After being struck by the tree, the SUV slid an estimated 100 feet on the icy road before stopping, Clallam County Fire District No. 2 Chief Sam Phillips has said.

Clallam County Fire Districts 2 and 4, the State Patrol, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office and the National Park Service responded to the scene.

________

Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at [email protected] dailynews.com.

More in News

Crying Lady Rock on Second Beach in Clallam County is part of a stamp set celebrating the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act being signed into law Oct 23, 1972. The photograph was taken by Matt McIntosh. (Photo courtesy USPS)
USPS stamp set includes popular Clallam County landmark

Artwork marks marine sanctuary’s 50th anniversary

Clallam County considers rehousing allocations

Money would be for emergency housing

Port of Port Townsend to consider benches, rate hikes

Initial Jetty work slated for September

Lopez named principal at Greywolf Elementary

Schools eye Sept. 16 as date for stadium naming ceremony

Jefferson County to consider opioid settlement allocation

Peninsula entities to receive allocations from state lawsuit

Seattle hospital to refuse some patients due to capacity

Harborview Medical Center in Seattle will temporarily… Continue reading

PHOTO BY: Susan Doupé
CAPTION: Priya Jayadev is the new executive director for Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County.
New executive director for Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County has hired Supriya “Priya” Jayadev as its… Continue reading

Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News
The Port Townsend City Council seeks to sell the Cherry Street property that had been barged over from Canada  five years ago to become affordable housing.
Port Townsend aims to sell Cherry Street housing project

Stalled for years, affordable housing project all but adandoned

Layla Franson, 15, and Jackson, her 10-year-old Quarter Horse, are competing in 4H at the Jefferson County Fair this weekend. Like many counties across the state, Jefferson County has seen a decline in the numbers of youths enrolled in 4H after the COVID lockdown and is actively seeking to reboot its program. (Paula Hunt/Peninsula Daily News)
Jefferson County Fair back after two-year hiatus

4H looks for bounceback after restrictions eased

Most Read