by: Lee Stoll Updated:
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.