Late night joy ride turns into horrific accident killed of 3 Jackson High students

By Dan Aznoff | Aug 03, 2017
Photo by: Chuck Wright lns:o="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" xmlns:w="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:word" The Jackson High School Timberwolf in front of the school was surrounded by flowers and hand-written notes the day after three members of the Class of 2019 were killed early in the morning on Wednesday, July 26, when the small SUV they were driving crashed into a semi-trailer that was parked on Alderwood Mall


More than 100 students and staff from Jackson High School returned to campus last week to share their grief in the aftermath of a tragic accident that claimed the lives of three members of the Class of 2019.

Everett Public Schools provided grief counselors from Compass Health on the Mill Creek campus to lend support to students and their families. Three students were killed and one was hospitalized when their Kia Sorrento struck and drove underneath a semi-trailer that was parked on northbound Alderwood Mall Parkway between SR525 and 164th Street SW just after 4 a.m. Wednesday, July 26.

It is not illegal for semi-trailers to be parked along the roadway; however, the trailer was not parked in the correct direction, according to a spokesperson for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. The spokesperson reported that the front of the trailer was facing the direction of oncoming traffic.

The impact sheered off the top of the small SUV as it slid under the trailer. Results of toxicology tests on the victims and the cause of death are still pending, according to Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Shari Ireton.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s office released the identities of the deceased as Landon M. Staley, 16, of Everett; Travin K. Nelson-Phongphiou, 16, of Everett; and Mikayla Sorenson, 15, of Bothell.

The fourth occupant—a 15-year-old student from Cascade High School in Everett-- survived the crash and was listed in stable condition at Harborview Medical Center the day after the accident.

Jackson High Principal Dave Peters reached out personally to Jackson students who shared classes, were teammates or were members of the same club as the accident victims. He also expressed his compassion in a letter posted on the school’s Facebook Page.

“We are all incredibly shocked and saddened by this event,” Peters wrote. “Since it’s summer break, it makes it challenging to reach out, but we want to make sure you had resources to help cope with this sad news.”

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