101 crash injures Spokane driver

Sequim Gazette staff

A two-vehicle collision six miles east of Sequim on Sunday, April 14, sent a Spokane-area man to Olympic Medical Center.


According to a Washington State Patrol release, 22-year-old Thomas Grooms of Port Angeles was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 101 when his 2000 Ford pickup truck started hydroplaning. The truck spun out of control and crossed the highway’s double-yellow line, striking a 1989 Honda Civic two-door car driven by 33-year-old Noah Kercher of Spokane.


Kercher’s vehicle continued eastbound off the roadway into a ditch while Grooms’ truck came to rest off the roadway on a dirt easement.


Kercher was transported from the scene to Olympic Medical Center; Grooms reportedly was uninjured.

State patrol officials report that Grooms was charged with “speed too fast for conditions.”


Both drivers reportedly were wearing safety restraints.


The collision occurred at about 2 p.m.


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