Bellingham teen killed in Hannegan Road crash

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 21, 2013 

A Bellingham teenager was killed and her passenger was injured about 10 a.m. Saturday when she was hit broadside at the intersection of Hannegan and Van Wyck roads north of Bellingham.

Inna S. Reva, 17, died at the scene, a Washington State Patrol report said. Her passenger, Bellingham resident Leonid P. Shintar, 42, was taken to St. Joseph hospital for treatment of his injuries. His condition was unknown.

Shintar was not wearing a seat belt, according to the State Patrol's report. It was unknown if Reva was wearing a seat belt.

Reva, who was driving a 2000 Hyundai Elantra, was westbound on Van Wyck Road and stopped at the Hannegan Road stop sign, but then she crossed the intersection into the path of a northbound 2002 Mitsubishi Montero driven by Amanda J. Jenkins of Bellingham.

Jenkins, who was wearing a seat belt, was uninjured.

Both cars were destroyed. The speed limit on Hannegan Road in the area is 50 mph.

No charges were pending against Jenkins, because she had the right-of-way, said Trooper Mark Francis. Charges could be filed against Shintar for not wearing a seat belt, he said.

Hannegan Road was closed for several hours Saturday morning as the crash was investigated.

The victim's age was corrected at 1:40 p.m. 9-22-2013. Incorrect information had been supplied by the Washington State Patrol.

Robert Mittendorf is a Herald copy editor and page designer. Contact him at 360-756-2805 or at robert.mittendorf@bellinghamherald.com.

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