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9/30/2009 6:00:00 AM
One teen killed, another critical in car accident
Girls were on their way to swim practice Tuesday morning

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - A Kingman High School junior was killed and another student severely injured in an early morning car accident Tuesday.

The girls were on their way to swim practice at 4:55 a.m. when the accident occurred at milepost 69 on Route 66. According to the Department of Public Safety, the 1990 Ford Bronco, driven by 16-year-old Allissa Marie Buchanan, was headed west toward Kingman when it traveled off the road to the right. The vehicle was then overcorrected to the left, at which point the rear of the Bronco struck the westbound guardrail. The vehicle then rolled over, ejecting both the driver and an occupant, 16-year-old Raina Gentry.

Buchanan was pronounced dead at the scene. Gentry was airlifted to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas where she is in the Intensive Care Unit. Neither girl was wearing a seat belt, police said. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Both girls are members of the Kingman High swim team. Their teammates learned of the accident as practice was ending. Coach Rick Wertman said the team of 35 boys and girls are very close.

"There is just sadness," he said. "An overwhelming sadness."

Wertman described Buchanan as "fun, vivacious and a real sweetheart."

"She was full of life and ready to embrace every bit of it," he said.

Wertman said Gentry is more reserved, "a little more introspective, very sharp and driven."

Kingman High Principal Pat Michelson said staff was briefed on the accident before classes Tuesday. Counselors will be on hand at the school for students.

A swim meet scheduled for Wednesday has been cancelled.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, October 2, 2009
Article comment by: Schroeders

There are no words to describe the sadness we are feeling right now. Allisa was a good friend of my daughter's when she and her family lived in Southern Oregon. She always had a smile on her face. Our hearts go out to the ones she left behind.

Posted: Friday, October 2, 2009
Article comment by: Nelson's

Southern Oregon was sad to hear of Alissa's passing. She was on my daughter's softball team and in school with her in Gold Hill before they moved to Arizona. So sorry for the family's loss

Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2009
Article comment by: Emalee

I didnt know them, but Im always saddened of the news of someone young and ready for the life ahead of them. I graduated last year, and I knew her brother. I pray for their families.

Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2009
Article comment by: Taylor Nelson

I went to school with Allissa when we were younger in oregon, I have not heard from her since, A mutual friend told me just today. I hope her family is doing okay and that they know she is in a better place. I will miss her.

Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

These girls were in my geometry class last year. Allissa and I never gave each other the chance to be friends, and I regret that. One thing I want Raina to know is that even though she lost her best friend and has a long way to go, she won't go it alone- there are many people that are there for her, whether she knows it or not. Sympathies to the families-it must be really hard.

Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

I pray for the family of the girls.And also the classmates of them too.. I know how hard to lose a friend like that.. I had my best friend die the same way a couple of years ago.. Just always remeber to bluck up. There is a sign at the high school to remind people cause what happen to Jason and Nichole a couple of years ago.. But the Friends of these girls keep strong and talk to out to people and try not to hold it in..

Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Article comment by: Pam Smith

That is a very sad thing The families of those 2 girls will be in our prayers. May they know God is with them.

Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

Very sad but another reason Arizona should join other states and not allow drivers under the age of 18.

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