San Juan Island teen airlifted after car accident

A San Juan Island teen was airlifted to receive medical care after a car accident late Saturday, Oct. 28 or early Sunday, Oct. 29.

After receiving a report of a collision, a San Juan County deputy found the teen’s damaged car off of the south side of West Valley Road around 12:30 a.m., Oct. 29. The teen was unconscious and in the driver’s seat.

San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs said deputies do not know when the accident occurred or how long the teen was there. Another driver stopped to check the vehicle but did not witness the accident.

Krebs said Island Air’s Air Ambulance took the teen to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center. The police reported stated, “it was clear that [the driver] was in critical condition.” Later that day, the deputy contacted the teen’s family, who said the condition was now stable, continued the report.

The deputy on the scene did not smell alcohol in the car, according to the report, but an EMS representative did.

The report stated that the vehicle veered about 240 feet off the road, down a roughly eight-foot embankment through bushes and trees and may have even gone airborne. By the time the car stopped, “the passenger side of the vehicle was virtually nonexistent,” read the report, and the passenger side dash was “touching” the driver.