Bellingham teen killed on her way to get driver's license

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 22, 2013 

A Squalicum High senior who died in a broadside crash over the weekend was a young driver on her way to get her driver's license.

Inna S. Reva, 17, had a learner's permit "for about a year," said Trooper Mark Francis of the Washington State Patrol, when she drove into oncoming traffic at Van Wyck and Hannegan roads about 10 a.m. Saturday.

An initial WSP report listed the wrong age for Reva because of a dispatcher's error, Francis said.

An amended State Patrol report said 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.

Impact was on the driver's door of Reva's car. She died at the scene.

Injured in the crash was Reva's stepfather, 42-year-old Leonid P. Shintar of Bellingham. He was taken to St. Joseph hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. His condition was unavailable.

Francis said Shintar told troopers that he and Reva were headed to the Department of Licensing to get her license. Francis said Shintar didn't know why Reva kept going.

Shintar was not wearing a seat belt, according to the report, which also said it was unknown if Reva was wearing her seat belt. Jenkins, who was wearing a seat belt, was uninjured.

Both cars were demolished. 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, Francis said. Hannegan Road was closed for several hours Saturday morning as the crash was investigated.

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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