Coupeville grad killed in accident

A well-known graduate of Coupeville high school, the former MVP of the football team, was killed in a car accident late Wednesday night.

The State Patrol reported that 21-year-old Michael Smart was driving a 1992 Honda Accord at high speed on Fort Casey Road near Patmore Road and apparently lost control. The car, headed soutbound, went off the roadway to the left, struck a tree and rolled. The Honda came to a rest, on its top, in the middle of the road.

The accident was reported at 11:58 p.m.

Smart was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

The State Patrol is investigating the accident. The agency reported that it is unknown whether alcohol contributed to the tragedy.

Smart was a 2002 graduate of Coupeville High School. He is the son of Coupeville residents Gary and Rosemary Smart. Gary Smart is the maintenance supervisor for the school district and the assistant coach on the high school football team.

Gary said his son had a great, playful sense of humor and was known as a class clown in school. “He was quite a character,” he said. “He was a cut-up.”

Michael loved football and played fullback and linebacker. And he was good at it. He was an all-league selection and picked as MVP of the team in his senior year.

The well-liked young man was part of a group of friends who called themselves “the posse.” Michael collected guns, knives and coins. Gary said that his son had a lot of things going for him. He had a girlfriend, Kimberly Bagarelli of Coupeville, and a job in Oak Harbor.

Gary said he doesn’t know why Michael was driving on Fort Casey Road or going so fast at that time of night.

Michael Smart’s obituary is on Page A5.

You can reach Jessie Stensland at or 675-6611.

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