The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office arrested the 35-year-old driver of a Ford Thunderbird for investigation of vehicular homicide after his car collided with a car driven by a state park ranger.

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Kitsap County sheriff’s investigators say the driver of a car that fatally injured an off-duty state park ranger in a head-on collision Friday night may have been impaired.

Ranger Ed Johanson, 44, died at the scene, in the 12000 block of Northwest Holly Road in central Kitsap County. The collision occurred at about 8 p.m.

Johanson was a ranger for about 20 years, according to the state parks commission, serving at Kitsap Memorial State Park near Seabeck until a recent assignment to Kanaskat-Palmer State Park in the Green River Gorge area.

He was driving home at the time of the collision.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office arrested the 35-year-old driver of a Ford Thunderbird for investigation of vehicular homicide after he was released from the hospital. A female passenger in the Thunderbird suffered minor injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office said it appears the Thunderbird was traveling east on Holly Road, when it collided with the ranger’s Honda Prelude, which was headed west.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.