Kentridge High School student dies after crash



Posted on November 12, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 12:10 PM

A 16-year-old who was involved in a multi-car crash while driving to school died late Tuesday night after being kept on life support.

The crash happened before 8:30 a.m. on S. 208th Street at 120th Place SE.

Kent police say Kentridge High School student Teagan McGinnis was driving on S. 208th Street when he was hit by another vehicle making a turn at the intersection. The collision caused McGinnis to lose control and was he was hit by a third vehicle.

The crash happened as some 2,000 students were making their way to school. Some couldn't help but see it.

Elizabeth Kupchenko shared her 1st period Spanish class with McGinnis.

“Things like this can happen really fast,” she said. “We had a guy from our school who died in August. It's happening really fast."

There was some confusion Tuesday afternoon when police said McGinnis died at Harborview Medical Center, but the school district said he was being kept on life support so that his organs could be harvested.

An already terrible time was made that much worse.

“For a lot of these kids, it's the first time they've had to face this level of tragedy, so it's not just reading, writing and arithmetic we're teaching.  We have to teach kids how to navigate both the joys and sadnesses of life. That's what we're doing today,” said Chris Loftis, Kent School District.

A hospital spokesperson confirmed McGinnis died Tuesday night.

Flowers were placed at the scene of the crash. A day that started like most any other ended in a way no one could have imagined.

“Like all the times your parents tell you to drive carefully and you don't think anything of it, a lot can happen in a few seconds,” said student Sunehna Chand.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The drivers of the two other vehicles, a 49-year-old Kent woman and a 58-year-old Kent woman, were taken to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.