The Washington State Patrol has asked the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s office to charge Cole Riley Satran, of Belfair, with Vehicular Homicide after a car accident which resulted in the death of Thomas Gamblin, 42, also of Belfair. Satran was driving on Highway 3 when he crossed the center line and hit a semi-truck which then hit an SUV driven by Gamblin; Gamblin died at the scene of the accident.
When Washington State Patrol searched Satran’s truck, they found a 4-1/2 inch pipe bomb and other explosive making devices. Later when officers from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched Satran’s house they found two rifles, ammunition and other gun parts. Satran has a previous criminal record including a conviction for methamphetamine possession. As a juvenile, he has a conviction for a burglary. As a felon, Satran is not allowed to possess weapons.
Troopers said that Satran was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident.
It is unclear why Washington State Patrol is asking that the prosecutor’s charge Satran with vehicular homicide. This charge is usually filed when the driver that caused the accident was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving recklessly or driving without regard to the safety of others.
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This report was compiled from information provided by The Kitsap Sun.