Updated on: 11/13/2019
Authorities say that the second of two 17-year-old sisters has been pronounced dead from the injuries she suffered in a devastating motor vehicle accident on State Route 20 near Anacortes on Halloween night.
The sisters, identified as two 17-year-olds, were reportedly traveling on SR 20 in a 1993 Acura Vigor just after 5 p.m. and were headed to a Halloween gathering in Seattle. Janesah was reportedly driving the vehicle at the time of the crash, while Janeah and 18-year-old Alysha Pickler were passengers.
According to reports from the Washington State Patrol (WSP), 53-year-old Ira Blackstock was driving a 2006 Ford Mustang southbound on SR 20 and lost control of his vehicle as he approached a curve. Blackstock’s Mustang allegedly crossed the centerline and struck the Acura, and the collision forced both vehicles off the roadway before they came to rest in the grass on the side of the highway.
Janeah Goheen, who was in the back seat at the time, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Her sister Janesah reportedly suffered serious and life-threatening injuries in the collision, and she was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to receive medical treatment. However, authorities announced on Monday that Janesah had passed away from her injuries.
Driver Impairment Possibly a Factor
According to a news report from The Seattle Times, Blackstock was interviewed by a drug and alcohol recognition expert and allegedly failed all six tests for possible impairment. Responding officers said his eyes were watery and his voice was weak, and that they also found a Bible and pamphlet for Alcoholics Anonymous in the back seat.
Blackstock also suffered significant injuries in the crash, and he was therefore taken to Island Hospital to be treated for his injuries. Following his release from the hospital, WSP officials say that Blackstock was arrested and booked into Skagit County Jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault.
Based on the reports from WSP troopers, it seems as though driver impairment on the part of Blackstock may have been a major contributing factor to the crash. Sadly for the Goheen family, this is not their first experience with tragedy from a motor vehicle accident – they lost another daughter in a car accident approximately 5 years ago. Our personal injury attorneys send sincere condolences are with their family as they deal with this tragic loss.