TwoBlaine teenagers killed in car crash

Published on Thu, Mar 2, 2006 by ack Kintner

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Two Blaine teenagers killed in car crash

By Jack Kintner

Two Blaine teenagers were killed in a three car accident Tuesday night on I-5, just south of the Samish Way exit 252 in Bellingham.
Kailey Walter, and Brittney R. Armstrong, both 17 years old, were passengers in a white 2004 Subaru Impreza owned by Denise Hackett, 17, of Blaine. Both Walter and Armstrong were pronounced dead at the scene.

Initial news reports said the car was driven by Krissie Hammer, 17, of Point Roberts but this could not be confirmed at press time. Hammer and Hackett were taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham. Hackett was listed in serious condition and Hammer in satisfactory condition.
The second car, a blue 1992 Subaru Legacy, was being driven by Curtis Richardson, 17. Neither Richardson nor his passenger, Daniel Diaz, 17, were injured. Both are from Blaine.

The third vehicle, a pickup truck driven by Judith Olson, of Mount Vernon, came to rest backward in the southbound lanes. Olson was transferred from St. Joseph to the intensive care unit at Harborview Hospital in Seattle where she is listed in serious condition.

According to Washington State Patrol trooper Tim Crane, the Impreza was headed northbound in the right hand lane at about 9:15 p.m. when it quickly overtook the Legacy.

The driver of the Legacy apparently switched lanes to avoid the rapidly approaching Impreza and the cars collided.

The Legacy came to rest in the median but the Impreza spun across the median into the southbound lanes where it was struck by the pickup truck.

Walter and Armstrong were thrown into the freeway. A physician and nurse from Island hospital in Anacortes came on the accident scene moments later and tried to resuscitate them but were unsuccessful.
Armstrong was a senior at Blaine high school. Walter was a junior and played on the varsity basketball and fastpitch teams.

All three drivers and all four passengers were wearing seatbelts, and alcohol was not a factor in the accident, Crane said.

Blaine superintendent Mary Lynne Derrington said that, “Blaine’s a small town, and has been very supportive.

“This hits the whole district very hard since both of Kailey’s parents and Brittney’s mom work for us.”

Tim Walter works in maintenance and Cindy Walter is a school bus driver. Nicole Armstrong is a teaching assistant at Blaine primary school.

A memorial service was held for Kailey Walter, and
Brittney R. Armstrong
at Blaine’s High School Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, March 7.