Port Orchard crash kills two women

news: Seventeen-year-old student at Henderson Bay High School dies in the crash

of the GatewayDecember 18, 2013 

Keith and Melissa Tantzen of Port Orchard place flowers on the make shift memorial for two area woman who were killed in a car accident in the 1100 block of Baby Doll Road SE in Port Orchard. Melissa Tantzen was uncontrollably sobbing as her husband tried to console her. The Tantzen’s said they are family friends of more than 25 years and have known both of the girls from the time they were infants. One is a Henderson Bay High school student in Gig Harbor.

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A pickup truck and a car were racing at high speeds near Port Orchard Monday night when the car crashed, killing two women and injuring one.

The accident occured the at intersection of Baby Doll Road and E. Lasalle Street.

The two victims were identified as Shanaia R. Bennett, of Gig Harbor, and Rebbekah Barrett, of South Kitsap. Bennett, 17, was a senior at Henderson Bay High School in Gig Harbor, Kathy Weymiller, director of district initiatives for Peninsula School District, said. A transfer student from Port Orchard, she also attended Goodman Middle School. Her half-sibling is a freshman at Gig Harbor High School, Weymiller said. Barrett, 18, attended Crosspoint Academy in Bremerton.

Barrett was driving the car, a 1994 Toyota Camry, when the she braked, went into the oncoming lane and eventually crashed into a tree, Scott Wilson, of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department, said. Bennett was in the passenger’s seat. Another passenger, 17, was taken to Tacoma General Hospital and is in satisfactory condition, Wilson said. Witnesses estimated the cars were travelling between 50 to 80 miles an hour. The speed cannot be determined, Wilson said.

The driver of the pickup truck has been jailed on two counts of vehicular homicide. He stopped to help after the crash, Wilson said.

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