Key Peninsula Fire Department units responded to a single car rollover accident at the 3400 block of Whiteman Road SW in Lakebay Sunday afternoon July 6. A Lakebay man and woman were trapped inside.
The driver claimed she was uninjured. Fire personnel quickly extricated and transported her to Tacoma G;eneral Hospital for evaluation. She was released later that day.
Heavy rescue tools were used to free the second passenger, a male victim in grave condition and unconscious, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the KPFD.
The cause of the accident remains unknown; however, drugs or alcohol were not suspected to be a factor. The car was traveling southbound and according to an eyewitness to the accident, became airborne and landed upside down in the northbound ditch alongside the road.
Neither passengers wore seatbelts and the vehicle had no airbags.
The results of the Washington State Patrol investigation of the fatality were not available at press time. KPFD response time from South Sound 911 dispatch to arrival at the scene was nine minutes.