Two teenage girls are dead after what appears to be a high-speed crash near Port Orchard last night.
Authorities say that a Toyota Camry was heading north on Baby Doll Road Southeast just after 9:30 p.m when it went off the road. The 18-year-old Camry driver apparently tried to brake when she came upon an SUV in front of her, but, instead, skidded off the roadway and slammed into a tree. The car came to rest in a drainage ditch, said Kitsap County sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson.
The Camry was traveling at a high rate of speed when it went off the road, Wilson said.
The driver and a 17-year-old girl riding in the front seat died at the scene. A third girl, also 17, was riding in the backseat. She suffered some injuries that were not life-threatening and was taken to Tacoma General Hospital, Wilson said.
According to witnesses, the Camry had been racing a Toyota pickup before the crash. The two vehicles had passed each other several times, at a high rate of speed, Wilson said. The truck was ahead of the SUV that the Camry driver had to brake for; the truck driver pulled over to help the teens inside the Camry, Wilson said.
The pickup driver was booked into jail for investigation of vehicular homicide. He is being held at the Kitsap County Jail in lieu of $250,000.
Wilson said that alcohol and drugs do not appear to be involved in the crash.