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Two teens critical after head-on crash

Post by Mike Archbold on Sep. 29, 2009 at 11:21 am with 10 Comments »
September 29, 2009 3:28 pm

Two sixteen year old girls from Yelm were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle this morning with critical injuries after they crossed the center line in the roadway and hit a truck head on, according to the Washington State Patrol.
WSP said the crash on Morris Road just south of 110th Avenue in Yelm in Thurston County occurred about 7 a.m..

The 16 year-old driver was northbound on Morris Road in her 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass. WSP said the teenager was driving too fast for the wet road conditions and crossed over the center line on a curve. Her car hit a 2003 GMC box type truck head-on in the southbound lane.

Both the driver and her passenger were airlifted to Harborview with critical injuries. The driver of the GMC, 43 year-old Matthew L. Benson of McKenna, wasn’t injured.

The investigation closed the roadway and traffic was detoured at 110th Avenue. The investigation is continuing.
A WSP spokeswoman reminded motorists to slow down and prepare for the wet, rainy season ahead.

UPDATE: The Associated Press has identified the two teenagers as Skye Calhoun, the driver, and Alexandria Bachmeier, the passenger. A Harborview spokesman said Calhoun was still in critical condition while Bachmeier’s condition has improved to serious.

Leave a comment Comments → 10
  1. Raise the driving age to 18.

  2. Palin2012 says:

    Raise the driving age to 18.

    Thats the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard. There are responsible young teenagers, can’t let one bad apple ruin it for everyone. You will always have some idiot teen doing something reckless on the road. Live with it.

  3. Look at the driving ages in Europe.

  4. Palin2012 says:

    with all due respect n7uno, just because Europe does it we shouldn’t jump off the bridge either. The United Kingdom uses cameras to spy on people on the street, oh they say it prevents crime and indeed it does, but they lose a part of their freedom. This is America, I am proud that we don’t follow their lead, Europe should follow our lead in my honest opinion because America is the greatest country!

  5. Is 37,261 dead and 2,346,000 injuries the price we should pay for
    our addiction to cars?

  6. Oops, per year.

  7. knowumsayin says:

    You ever have to ride in a car with teen driver..? It’s scarier than a roller coaster ride. They have to prove to the world they have a busy life by speeding and tailgating everybody. It’s tragic that it takes something like this to make them better drivers.

  8. raymaines says:

    Isn’t illegal to have two 16 year olds in a car by themselves?

    It’s long been my opinion that the TOTAL IQ in any given car is 100 divided by the number of teenagers in said car. Minus ten more points for each teenager who is a male.

    Despite all the nonsense talk about how many responsible teenage drivers there are, insurance statistics show that almost 1/3rd of all accidents involve teenager drivers. Up the driving age to 18 I say.

  9. What a bunch of jerks on this website. Let me be the first to say it – since I appear to be the only one thinking it – God, please watch over and save these two precious girls. I’ll be praying for them.

  10. ZAJOCHLA says:

    Well said wlake… too……..sounds to me like this is just a case of inexperience and things we learn as we all develop our driving habits……I remember some really dumb things I did when I was a beginning driver……good thing someone was watching over me!!!! Let those without sin throw the first rock. I pray the girls will be okay……

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