Man dies after falling 3 stories at Silverdale retirement home

SILVERDALE — An elderly man is dead after apparently falling three stories from an apartment balcony under construction at a Silverdale retirement home.

The Kitsap County sheriff’s office says 88-year-old James P. Donald fell from his third-floor apartment at the Crista Shores Retirement Community sometime before 4 a.m. today. Donald was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Kitsap County coroner’s office has ruled the death as accidental.

A spokeswoman for Crista Ministries, which owns the retirement home, says scaffolding was covering the victim’s balcony area because the retirement community is undergoing major renovations.

Kathryn Stenger says Crista officials are working with authorities to determine what safety measures were in place by contractors working on the project. The sheriff’s office is investigating.

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