Friends mourn at fatal crash scene of three Wa-Hi students

Friends mourn at fatal crash scene of three Wa-Hi students »Play Video
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Three Walla Walla High School students are dead after a single-car crash. The accident happened early Sunday morning on Mill Creek Road.

The investigation is still in its beginning phase, but police do believe speed played a part in the collision. KEPR was at the scene today, where friends stopped by to mourn.

"This is where it happened," said Meghan Stalder. "I know that the car actually made it all the way, like at least 50 feet out."

Meghan woke up to bring her friend to the airport at 4 a.m. Sunday morning. She walked outside to a gruesome sight: Three of her classmates were in a fatal crash just one hour earlier.

"I was trying to figure it out, like who it was, because, I mean, I don't know, it was pretty sad," said Meghan. "You could tell it wasn't going to be pretty."

15-year old Athena Bentley, 16-year old Uziel Bermoy, and 17-year old Aidan Boede all died on the scene.

It is too early in the investigation to know where the three Wa-Hi students were coming from, or where they were headed.

Spray paint left by investigators shows the car was heading down Mill Creek Road before the driver lost control and ended up in the field across the street, about 50 yards down the road.

"I mean, they had to roll at least, I don't know how many times, but several to get over here," said Meghan.

Right now, police know speed was a factor in the crash. The speed limit changed from 50 to 40 mph on Mill Creek Road.

"The chances of people slowing down to 40, that's pretty small," Meghan said.

While we were at the scene of the accident, friends came by with flowers. Many walked the road, trying to understand what happened to their classmates.

Meghan says school will be tough on Tuesday, but she knows everyone will come together.

"If there's drama, everyone puts it aside and everyone comes together and it's supportive, so I think that's good, that'll help," she said.

Students gathered at the flagpole at Walla Walla High School Sunday night to remember their freinds.