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February 24, 2012 at 6:39 AM

Fatal crash this morning into Sinclair Inlet near Gorst

A driver who apparently lost control of his vehicle and went into Sinclair Inlet in Kitsap County this morning has died, according to the State Patrol.

The Navy says the driver who died when his SUV crashed into Sinclair Inlet was a 25-year-old sailor from the USS Ronald Reagan.

Ensign David Carter told the Kitsap Sun Friday ( http://is.gd/zDN4MC ) his name would be released 24 hours after his family is notified.

Around 6 a.m., police were dispatched to a section of Highway 3, near Gorst, for reports of a car in the water, said State Patrol spokeswoman Julie Startup. The car had been traveling north on Highway 3 when it struck another car and “vaulted over the fence and into the water,” said  Startup.

First-responders found the vehicle submerged. A Kitsap County sheriff’s deputy went into the water and pulled the driver out, said State Patrol spokesman Trooper Russ Winger.

The driver was taken to Harrison Medical Center, in Bremerton, and was pronounced dead, said Winger. The driver of the car struck in the collision was not hurt.

Investigators are looking into speed and a possible emergency inside the car as factors in the crash, Startup said.

The crash occurred close to where Trooper Tony Radulescu was shot and killed by a convicted felon early Thursday.

Portions of the report were provided by The Associated Press.

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