One teen killed, another critical in car accident

Girls were on their way to swim practice Tuesday morning

Allissa Marie Buchanan

Allissa Marie Buchanan

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 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.