MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. – The Medical Lake High School community participated in a prayer vigil for four of its own after a two-vehicle crash near Airway Heights on Saturday.
Officials said female passenger Journey Tueller, 17, from Reardan, Washington, died at the scene of the crash at Highway 2 and Wood Road, six miles west of Airway Heights.
Three other teens in the vehicle were transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center with serious injuries. They are 14-year-old Savannah S. Sutton, 15-year-old Laci R. Sica and and 17-year-old Lauren H. Gross, officials said.
The Medical Lake students were on their way to catch a track team bus traveling to a meet in Cheney when the crash occurred.
Students at the vigil, which took place on the high school's track where the girls practiced, tossed balloons into the air in remembrance of Tueller and for those beginning their journey to recovery.
The Medical Lake HS community said long recoveries are expected for the survivors and prayers are "much-needed."
A two-vehicle crash at Highway 2 and Wood Road six miles outside of Airway Heights on Saturday morning has left one teen dead and three others injured.
The crash was a result of a stop sign violation, officials said. A Kia Sorento was traveling southbound on Wood Road and a blue Ford truck was traveling eastbound on Highway 2 approaching Wood Road. The Kia pulled out in front of the truck, which T-boned the Kia while traveling at highway speed. Both vehicles came to rest in the southeast corner of the intersection in a field.
The crash happened at 6:47 a.m., officials said.
Officials said female Sorento passenger Journey Tueller, 17, from Reardan, Washington, died at the scene. Next of kin have been notified.
Three other teens were transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center with serious injuries. They are 14-year-old Savannah S. Sutton, 15-year-old Laci R. Sica and and 17-year-old Lauren H. Gross, officials said.
The driver of the Ford was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
This is a developing story and the investigation is ongoing.