UPDATED: Memorial plans being made for Gregory Bolling

By Leader Staff
Posted 1/17/15

UPDATED 6 p.m. Jan. 22

Michelle West, mother of Gregory Bolling, is planning a public memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at New Life Assembly of God Church on Hastings Avenue in Port …

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UPDATED: Memorial plans being made for Gregory Bolling


UPDATED 6 p.m. Jan. 22

Michelle West, mother of Gregory Bolling, is planning a public memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at New Life Assembly of God Church on Hastings Avenue in Port Townsend. She is having her son cremated.


A Bolling family "Celebration of "Life" for Greg Bolling is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 at the Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington St., across from the West Marine store. "Food beverages, pictures and stories about this wonderful young man, will be appreciated, on behalf of the Bolling family," according to an announcement posted on Facebook.

UPDATED 7 p.m. Jan. 20

A Port Townsend man has died from injuries suffered in a Jan. 17 vehicle accident on the Eaglemount Hill.

Gregory W. Bolling, 23, died Jan. 20 at Harborview Medical Center, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Charges pending the driver of the vehicle, Taylour J. Eldridge, 25, also of Port Townsend, have been raised to felony vehicular assault and homicide, according to the Washington State Patrol.

UPDATED 3:30 p.m. Jan. 20

A 23-year-old Port Townsend man has been in critical condition and his 25-year-old friend faces felony charges stemming from an accident early Saturday Jan. 17 on Eaglemount Hill in which three people were injured.

Taylour J. Eldridge, 25, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet pickup when it left State Route 20 just past milepost 1 on the Eaglemount Hill, shortly before 1:29 a.m. Jan. 17.

The influence of drugs or alcohol is suspected as is speeding and Eldridge faces felony vehicular assault charges, according to the initial report from the Washington State Patrol. Eldridge was in satisfactory condition in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Tuesday with a broken pelvis.

Gregory W. Bolling, 23, who was a passenger in the pickup, remained in critical condition and in intensive care Tuesday morning, according to a Harborview spokesperson.

Neither Eldridge nor Bolling were wearing seatbelts, according to the State Patrol.

A second passenger, Amelia R. Syska-Patten, 20, had been admitted and released, according to a hospital spokesperson. Syska-Patten was wearing a seatbelt.

The Washington State Patrol is seeking witnesses to the crash; call Detective J. Haner at 360-473-0147.

Eldridge was driving his silver Chevrolet pickup eastbound toward Port Townsend on SR 20, failed to negotiate a curve on the Eaglemount Hill, went out of control, and left the roadway, according to the State Patrol. The pickup went over an embankment, struck a tree and came to rest on its side.

East Jefferson Fire Rescue was dispatched to the accident scene at 1:29 a.m. Jan. 17 and found two occupants entrapped in the pickup on an embankment not too far from the roadway.

Firefighters were able to stabilize the pickup so the patients could be extricated, according to Bill Beezley, EJFR public information officer.

Several helicopters from Airlift Northwest landed at an improvised zone at the intersections of Highway 101 and SR 104, Beezley said, to transport the patients to Seattle.

SR 20 at Eaglemount, about nine miles from Port Townsend, was closed for about an hour during the rescue.

A Marrowstone Island resident driving home on SR 20 was first on the scene. He told the Leader that he noticed debris in the roadway, and slowed his vehicle, opened the window and heard a male voice yelling for help. The man said he called 911 and was on the phone with JeffCom dispatch until the first Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies and then EMTs arrived. The man said that he found Eldridge outside the vehicle, hanging on to the opening of the pickup cab where the back window would be, unable to fully reach the ground.

The accident's cause is speed with drugs and alcohol involved. A State Patrol spokesman said Jan. 20 that felony vehicle assault charges against the driver would be recommended. The Jefferson County Prosecutor's Office would determine charges after information in the case is completed.

The vehicle was totaled, and impounded.

Emergency responders included Jefferson County Fire District 5 (Discovery Bay), Quilcene Fire Rescue, Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue, Clallam County Fire Protection District 3, and East Jefferson Fire Rescue.

(The first version of this story appeared Jan. 17 on ptleader.com. Look for further updates this week).


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