On Wednesday morning I reached out to several Bainbridge Island outlets (Bainbridge Island Fire Department, Bainbridge Island Police Department, City of Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge Island School District) to ask for comment regarding Monday evening’s single vehicle accident on Sunrise Drive that claimed three young lives (14, 14, 16).
I'm being told that the three young ladies veered off the road and ultimately struck several trees. All three died at the at the scene from their injuries. There is no official report yet but the Bainbridge Island Police Department has said they believe speed may have been a factor.
Official Statements Below:
City of Bainbridge Island Council Member and Resident of Sunrise Drive, Joe Deets:
Thank you for reaching out. We are all incredibly saddened by this tragedy and our thoughts are with the grieving families. Bainbridge is a close knit community and let us all ensure that no one needs to feel alone in dealing with this.
I happen to live on Sunrise Drive and walked to the crash site this morning. At this time I do not have a proposed solution, but can say that I am resolved to do all that I can to address the danger that this particular stretch of Bainbridge road presents.
City of Bainbridge Island Mayor, Rasham Nassar:
We are deeply saddened by the shocking loss of the three Bainbridge High School students' lives. The City sends its deepest condolences to the families of those bright and brilliant children. The sympthasies and hearts of us all go out to our community as we mourn this tragic and devastating loss.
As per your second query, Ellen stated that public works is currently investigating the location of the accident on Sunrise. The Deputy Mayor and I will follow up with her tomorrow morning on next steps as recommended by public works in terms of installing safety improvements at that location once we - and the Council - learn more.
Bainbridge Island School District Superintendent, Peter Bang-Knudsen
Dear Bainbridge High School Families,
It is with a heavy heart that I share that last night three Bainbridge High School students were involved in a single-vehicle accident. Sadly, the three students died at the scene. Out of respect for the families, we are not releasing the names of the students involved at this time.
These losses are sure to raise many emotions for our students, staff and the island community. BISD immobilized a Crisis Support Team and counselors will be on-hand in the Bainbridge High School Library. Students are encouraged to stop by if they are in need of emotional support.
As a parent, you know your teen best and know how to support their needs. This may be their first experience with death or it may be that the tragedies bring back feelings from past experiences. It is particularly difficult in this case as your teen may have known the victims or simply that your teen faces his or her own mortality for the first time. Your teen may express feelings of shock, denial, confusion, anger, or sadness.
- Lack energy
- Lose their appetite
- Withdraw from friends and family
- Experience difficulty sleeping
Grief is a very individual process and there is no timeline. We encourage you to be especially vigilant in providing a safe and nurturing support system so that your teen knows that they can come to you at any time.
As your teen processes this event, we want to continue to encourage the utilization of resources at school and within the community. We have included the resource contact information in this letter to facilitate accessing support.
BHS Counseling Team
Adam Ward (A-C) (206)780-1259 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Wescott (D-H) (206)780-1291 email@example.com
Krista Pal (I-Mc) (206) 780-1293 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren D’Amico (Me-Ri) (206) 780-1292 email@example.com
Cara Tebo (Ro-Z) (206) 780-1269 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bainbridge Youth Services (206)842-9675 https://askbys.org/
Crisis Clinic of the Peninsulas (800)843-4793 www.crisisclinicofthepeninsulas.org
Kitsap Mental Health Services (360)373-3425 https://www.kitsapmentalhealth.org/
We appreciate your support during this difficult time.
Hank Teran, Bainbridge Island Fire Chief
“Words are not sufficient to communicate our deepest sympathy to the families of the students who were involved in the Sunrise incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and for our community during this very difficult time”.
I have reached out and am awaiting responses from the Bainbridge Island Police Department.