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Jackson High School community mourns loss of three students

Front of Kia Sorrento after crash. Photo courtesy of Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.
Front of Kia Sorrento after crash. Photo courtesy of Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

Three Jackson High School students died at the scene of a single-car accident north of Alderwood Mall early Wednesday morning, July 26, 2017.

The fourth vehicle occupant, a Cascade High School student, survived the crash and is in stable condition at Harborview Medical Center.

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Shari Ireton reported a Kia Sorrento was traveling northbound on Alderwood Mall Parkway at about 4:00 am when it hit a stationary semi-tractor trailer parked at the side of the street.

The force of the collision tore the roof off of the Kia Sorrento as it went under the trailer.

Parked semi-tractor trailers are often seen at that point of Alderwood Mall Parkway.

Ireton wrote in an email, “It is legal for trucks to park trailers in the designated parking areas along Alderwood Mall Parkway. However, the trailer was not parked in the correct direction, as the front of the trailer was facing the direction of travel by oncoming traffic. That is a civil parking infraction.”

On Wednesday evening Jackson High School Principal Dave Peters sent a letter to students and their families informing them of the accident. He wrote, “We are all incredibly shocked and saddened by this event. Our Crisis Response Team met this morning to plan how to help our students and school families with this loss. Since it’s summer break it makes it challenging to reach out, but we want to make sure you had resources to help cope with this sad news.”

Jackson High School provided grief counseling to students, staff, and parents on Thursday at the school.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s office released the identities of the deceased on Thursday, July 27th. They were Landon M. Staley, 16, of Everett; Travin K. Nelson-Phongphiou, 16, of Everett; and Mikayla Sorenson, 15, of Bothell.

 Lesley Van Winkle

The entrance to Jackson High School, where friends and family have come to remember the three students killed in a car crash early Wednesday morning. Photo credit: Lesley Van Winkle.