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Tree stops careening car short of house

"While writing a speeding ticket Saturday night, Aug. 4, an Island County Sheriff's Deputy watched an accident unfold that could well have injured him, the driver he was ticketing, and the residents in a nearby house.At about 8:50 p.m. Saturday, Deputy Darrin Crownover stopped a 16-year-old driver for speeding on Highway 525 near the intersection with Scott Road. While he was writing a ticket for the offense, Crownover saw an Izuzu Trooper II in the northbound lane cross the center line and head toward him.Luckily the Trooper missed the deputy by about 25 yards as it crossed into the southbound lane. The vehicle went over the lane edge, through a ditch, glanced off a power pole, then slammed head-on into a tree just in front of a house.Crownover went to the aid of the driver, Ronald Nelson, 42, of Freeland. Minutes later, Fire District 3 rescue personnel arrived at the crash scene and freed Nelson from his vehicle. Paramedics transported him to Whidbey General Hospital for treatment for chest injuries. He was later flown by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Everett for further treatment.Crownover said Nelson's car would have smashed into a house along the highway had the tree not been in Nelson's path. The house's occupants were home at the time of the accident. The sheriff's office is investigating the accident.Also last week, an accident Wednesday, Aug. 8 sent a 75-year-old Freeland man to Whidbey General Hospital with injuries.According to the State Patrol, William G. Edward was southbound on Highway 525 at the Bush Point Road intersection when his vehicle, a 1999 Oldsmobile SUV, left the roadway to the right and struck a large wooden fence post. The extent of Edward's injuries were not reported. The vehicle sustained an estimated $6,000 in damage. "

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