3 injured, hit-and-run driver flees on foot after Hwy. 3 crash

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BREMERTON, Wash. - A hit-and-run driver fled on foot and remains at large after a three-car crash that seriously injured three other people late Sunday, the Washington State Patrol reports. Alcohol or drugs were believed to be a factor in the crash.

State troopers and medics responded to the scene, on Highway 3 at Barney White Road, at about 10:05 p.m. after receiving reports of a serious wreck blocking the highway.

Three totaled vehicles were found at the scene. The driver of a red Chevy Cavalier had fled the scene on foot. Three injured victims were found in the other two vehicles, a blue 2000 Jaguar and a silver 2007 Saturn.

The driver of the Jaguar, a 34-year-old Bremerton woman, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with severe injuries. The passenger, a 39-year-old Belfair man, was taken to Tacoma General Hospital.

The driver of the Saturn, a 36-year-old Edgewood man, was taken to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, then to Harborview.

A preliminary investigation found that the Chevy Cavalier and the Saturn were both heading south on Highway 3. The driver of the Cavalier, traveling at high speed, tried to pass the Saturn using the right shoulder.

The driver of the Cavalier sideswiped the Saturn, lost control, veered across the centerline and slammed head-on into the Jaguar.

Responding troopers launched a search for the hit-and-driver of the Cavalier using a K-9 police dog but were unsuccessful.

The highway was blocked for eight hours during the cleanup and investigation of the crash.

Anyone with information about the crash is urged to contact State Patrol Detective M. Welander at (360) 473-0300.

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