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February 25, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Park ranger killed in Kitsap County crash

Updated 5:32 p.m.

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An off-duty state park ranger was killed Friday night after a car near Seabeck crossed the center line and hit the ranger’s car head-on.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s investigators say the driver who hit the ranger’s car may have been impaired, according to a news release.

The 44-year-old Washington State Park ranger, Ed Johanson, died at the scene, in the 12000 block of Holly Road N.W. in central Kitsap County. The collision occured at about 8 p.m.

Johanson was a ranger for about 20 years, according to the state parks commission, serving at Kitsap Memorial State Park near Seabeck until a recent assignment to Kanaskat Palmer State Park in the Green River Gorge area.

Said Don Hoch, agency director: “ I know he enjoyed his career as a park ranger. He had a real passion for providing quality customer service and loved working with the public. Many will remember Ed, the pride he had in his work and his commitment to continuous improvement in parks and services.”

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office arrested the 35-year-old driver of a Ford Thunderbird for investigation of vehicular homicide after he was released from the hospital.

The Sheriff’s Office said it appears the Thunderbird was traveling east on Holly Road, when it collided with the ranger’s Honda Prelude, which was headed west.  

 The Washington State Park Ranger was on his way home. 

A female passenger in the Thunderbird was not injured.

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