Two teen girls killed last night in a high-speed crash in Port Orchard have been identified by the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office.
Rebekah Barrett, 18, of Port Orchard, was driving a 1994 Camry when it went off the road at about 9:30 p.m. yesterday, according to Kitsap County Deputy Coroner Mary Carlo. She said Barrett died from blunt-force injuries to the head.
The passenger in the Camry, 17-year-old Shanaia Bennett, of Gig Harbor, died from the same cause, Carlo said.
A third girl, 17, had non life-threatening injuries and was taken to Tacoma General Hospital, according to Kitsap County sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson.
According to witnesses, the Camry had been racing a Toyota pickup before the crash. The two vehicles had passed each other several times, at a high rate of speed, Wilson said. The truck was ahead of the SUV that the Camry driver had to brake for; the truck driver pulled over to help the teens inside the Camry, Wilson said.
Wilson identified the pickup driver as 20-year-old Robert A. Rundquist Jr., of unincorporated South Kitsap County. Wilson said Rundquist was charged today with two counts of vehicular homicide and is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Wilson said that alcohol and drugs did not appear to be involved in the crash.