Extra counselors and a request to wear yellow await students and staff at Medical Lake High School Monday morning after a weekend vehicle collision left one student dead and three injured.
In a letter sent Sunday to families, school administrators said there would be “additional counseling available for students as needed.” The track team also asked students and staff to wear yellow – the color of this year’s track T-shirt – Monday and again on Wednesday to “honor their classmates.”
The four students were members of the high school’s track team. At the time of the collision, the team was headed to a team bus that was to take them to a competition at Cheney High School.
The SUV in which they were traveling was struck on U.S. Highway 2 about 6 miles west of Airway Heights.
At around 6:45 a.m., according to the Washington State Patrol, their SUV – headed south on Wood Road – pulled out in front of an eastbound truck on Highway 2. Troopers said the SUV failed to yield at a stop sign.
Journey Tueller, 17, was killed in the collision. Three others, Lauren Gross, 17; Laci Sica, 15; and Savannah Sutton, 14, were transported to a hospital with injuries.
The 37-year-old driver of the truck was also injured but treated at the scene.
The Medical Lake Track and Field honored Tueller on its Facebook page Sunday in a post written by coach Gene Blankenship.
“Usually this site is for athletic performances – happy and positive events – but yesterday we lost one of our family members in a tragic car accident. Journey Tueller will be remembered for years to come by both her fellow athletes and coaches. Today we both honor her, and send our condolences to her family and friends. Journey was outgoing, friendly, and kind. I will miss her smile. We will all miss her as a team member, and Cardinal Track & Field athlete,” the post read.
A photo album of Tueller competing at meets and smiling at the camera was also shared.
Due to the collision, the team opted out of the meet in Cheney. The team held a vigil at Medical Lake High’s track Saturday night.
Administrative Assistant Sarra Reiber said another candlelight vigil is planned for 6:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the same location. It is open to the public.