Woman killed helping stranded driver identified as Nimitz sailor

  • Mon Jan 23rd, 2012 10:34pm
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Associated Press

GIG HARBOR — The Washington State Patrol has identified a 44-year-old woman killed after she got out of her vehicle to help a stranger involved in a collision on an icy highway near Gig Harbor.

The patrol identified her as Regina Mills of Everett. Navy spokeswoman Sheila Murray told The Kitsap Sun that the woman was a sailor assigned to the USS Nimitz, an aircraft carrier completing a yearlong maintenance period in Bremerton. When completed, the carrier will move to its new home port in Everett.

Trooper Guy Gill said the woman stopped to help a motorcyclist who lost control Monday morning on icy State Highway 16 and laid his bike down in the right lane.

Gill says the woman, the motorcyclist and Trooper Maxwell Criss were all standing on the right shoulder when a pickup truck lost control and hit another vehicle, causing it to strike the trio. Criss suffered knee and shoulder injuries and the motorcyclist received minor injuries.