Fall City man involved in four-car Peninsula accident
July 26, 2012 · 4:25 PM
A four-car collision Sunday afternoon in Kingston sent one driver to the hospital, and left three other drivers, including 45 year-old Chris Howlett of Fall City, to drive their damaged vehicles away.
"From the description, it sounds like inattention and speed," were the causes of the accident, said Trooper Russ Winger, a WSP spokesman.
The accident occurred at 12:28 p.m., according to the Washington State Patrol report, when a 2006 Chevy Malibu, driven by a 23 year-old Kingston woman Mary Arnold, rear-ended a 1995 Dodge Ram, driven by Gerald Atwood, 55, also of Kingston.
The two vehicles were westbound on S.R. 104 when Atwood slowed down to make a left turn into a driveway. Approaching the two vehicles, eastbound, were Howlett in a 2012 Ford F-350 towing a 28-foot camper trailer, and Matthew Gillian, 50, of Kenmore, in a 2009 Hyundai Sonata.
The Malibu reportedly rear-ended the Ram, then swerved left into the driver's side of the F-350. The car then flipped and landed on its roof, resting against the Sonata.
Winger said a vehicle flipping in this sort of collision was not unexpected. "It takes very little to roll a car when it's moving," he explained, and the Malibu's rebound from two consecutive collisions must have sent the car off balance enough to flip it.
The driver of the Malibu was injured and transported to the hospital. The other drivers were all uninjured. Troopers also found a dog, believed to be inside the Malibu during the collision, who was killed in the accident.