CHIMACUM — The State Patrol listed an incorrect name of a driver who allegedly crossed the center line which led to a wreck on state Highway 104 near Center Road on Monday because he carried another person’s identification.
Anthony M. Goebel, 25, of Kent, had been upgraded from critical to serious condition at Harborview Medical Center by Thursday after he was airlifted to the Seattle hospital Monday.
The State Patrol originally identified the driver of the 2006 Toyota Camry as Cody Kearney, 23, of Orting, when the driver actually was Goebel.
Kearney was neither driving the car nor a passenger in it when the wreck happened at about 2:40 p.m. Monday.
Goebel had Kearney’s ID in his possession, said Mark Hodgson, State Patrol spokesman. The detective at the scene reported to him that the two looked similar, Hodgson added.
Goebel was correctly identified via fingerprints at the hospital, and the State Patrol issued a corrected memo, Hodgson said.
“Detectives are investigating how Mr. Goebel came into possession of Mr. Kearney’s ID,” Hodgson said.
Susan Gregg-Hanson, Harborview spokeswoman, confirmed that the name of the injured man had been corrected from Kearney to Goebel.
Christina Gee, 27, of Port Angeles, remained in satisfactory condition at Harborview on Thursday, Gregg said.
Louis Parziale, 77, of Sequim, was taken by ambulance to MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital. A spokesperson did not return a phone call seeking a condition update Thursday.
The highway was closed in both directions for about five hours after the wreck.
Goebel was driving by himself eastbound on state Highway 104 south of Port Townsend when his vehicle crossed the center line near Center Road, according to the State Patrol.
Parziale was driving a 2009 Dodge 1500 pickup with Gee as a passenger and attempted to avoid the Camry, while Goebel attempted to steer back into his lane, but the vehicles collided, the State Patrol said.
The Camry blocked the westbound lane, and the pickup came to rest on its top in the eastbound lane, according to the State Patrol.
State troopers suspected drugs or alcohol were involved.
All three people involved were wearing seat belts.
Both vehicles were completely destroyed and were towed away, troopers said.