Crash kills family of Sequim officer

The son and mother-in-law of the Sequim Police Department's former school resource officer Darrell Nelson died Sunday afternoon in a two-car collision at Power Plant Road and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles.

A Vancouver, Wash., woman involved in the wreck remained in Harborview Medical Center's intensive care unit. Her husband was in satisfactory condition at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles.

According to the Washington State Patrol, a Subaru Legacy driven by 60-year-old Mary E. Wyman of Port Angeles was eastbound on Highway 112 when it veered off the roadway to the right. Then it came back onto the roadway, crossed into the westbound lane and rotated 90 degrees.

A Toyota Camry, occupied by Joshua M. Dickens, 24, and his passenger, Emily M. Dickens, 22, both of Vancouver, Wash., struck the Subaru's driver's side.

Wyman and her 6-year-old grandson Theodin Nelson, both of Port Angeles, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The collision closed Highway 112 in the Port Angeles area from 1:30-5 p.m. Sunday.

The Dickenses were taken to Olympic Medical Center, then Emily was airlifted to Harborview with a cervical spine fracture, torn liver and spleen.

A public memorial service for Mary Wyman and Theodin Nelson is set for

1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Vern Burton Center, 308 E. Fourth St. in Port Angeles.

Wyman was the mother-in-law of Sequim Police Officer Darrell Nelson. Theodin was the son of Nelson and his wife, Port Angeles City Council candidate Brooke Nelson, Wyman's daughter. Her father is retired Port Angeles newspaper photographer Tom Thompson.

Darrell Nelson joined the Sequim Police Department in March 2005. He became the school resource officer in November 2007, a position he held for about a year.

Brooke Nelson works for Coldwell Banker Uptown Realty in Port Angeles.

The Dickenses are newlyweds who were visiting the Olympic Peninsula on their honeymoon.

The crash's cause remains under investigation, but neither alcohol nor drugs were involved, according to the Washington State Patrol. Everyone was wearing seatbelts, and Theodin Nelson was restrained properly in a car seat. Both cars were totaled.

Donations to the Brooke Nelson Family Memorial Fund can be made at First Federal, which has branches in Sequim, Port Angeles, Forks and Port Townsend.

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