Collision counter reset after WSP cruiser hits woman

Drivers who regularly pass the electronic message sign at the Washington State Patrol's office between Port Angeles and Sequim may have noticed it was reset for the first time since Oct. 8, 2008.

The sign that tracks the number of days since the last serious collision was reset to zero because of an incident a week ago in Port Angeles.

Wilma E. Marshall, 63, of Port Angeles was crossing Peabody Street at First Street in Port Angeles just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, when she was struck by an unmarked Chevy Impala driven by Trooper Ken Ahrens, according to a news release.

Ahrens, a 24-year veteran, was inching forward to look at traffic on his left before turning right onto First Street when he struck and knocked down Marshall in the crosswalk.

She was taken to Olympic Medical Center and found to have a broken leg.

"The Washington State Patrol takes these incidents seriously and we are most concerned with Mrs. Marshall's well-being," said WSP District 8 Capt. Steve Sutton.

"Any disciplinary action taken against the trooper involved will be determined after a thorough investigation and review of the circumstances," he said.

The electronic sign was put up in 2006 following numerous fatal collisions along U.S. Highway 101 in Clallam County.

Reach Brian Gawley at bgawley@

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