Teen killed in crash on way to DMV

by: Lee Stoll Updated:

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. —

Bellingham students are mourning a classmate killed doing something most teens do.

Inna Reva, 17, was heading to the DMV on Saturday morning to take her driver’s test.

The Squalicum High School senior stopped at a stop sign on Van Wyck Rd but pulled forward and was broadsided by a northbound driver.

Reva was killed.  Her step-father was in the passenger seat and taken to the hospital.  He was released this morning.

Word spread quickly on Facebook.  Friends called Reva a kind, faithful girl.

"I just feel bad about it,” said classmate Gabriel Ritchie.

Teachers read a note to students in their first period class—telling everyone what happened.               

"They said that she was in a car accident and that it was a tragic event," said classmate Blake Arneson.

"Days like this are always hard in a tight knit community like a high school.  It was a difficult day for everyone,” said Tanya Rowe, a spokesperson for the Bellingham School District.

Administrators called in counselors from schools across the district to double their staff and comfort grief-stricken students.

"We did have many students stop by to talk with counselors,” said Rowe.

The Washington State Patrol said Reva had a learner’s permit for about a year.  They don’t know why she pulled in to traffic.

The other driver was not seriously hurt.