Crash kills student on his way to school

by: Alison Grande Updated:


KENT, Wash. - Teagan McGinnis, 16, died Tuesday after a car crash on his way to school, friends confirmed Tuesday night. The Kentridge High School junior was driving to school on Southeast 208th street  when a car turned in front of him knocking him into oncoming traffic, said Kent police.

“A Renton Police detective sergeant came across the collision scene immediately after the collisions, notified the Kent Police Department and started life saving efforts on one of the drivers,” Kent Sergeant Robert Constant said in a statement.

The two drivers involved, who were female, were both transported to area hospitals for non-life threatening injuries and both are in stable condition. Police are still investigating the crash.

Friends gathered Tuesday night at a roadside memorial.

Jarrett Hopewell sat on the sidewalk and said of the memorial, “It kind of makes me feel a little bit closer. It kind of keeps my mind at ease.” 

Hopewell has been friends with Teagan McGinnis since kindergarten. Tuesday afternoon he joined the McGinnis family at the hospital to say goodbye.

The family donated Teagan’s organs in hopes that they would help others survive.

“I feel for his family. If there’s anything I could do for them I would do it,” Hopewell said.

Kentridge High School sent a letter home with students on Tuesday and will have counselors at school on Wednesday to help students grieve.

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