The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigative agency in this matter. Initial investigation revealed speed to be a contributing factor in the accident.
Autopsies of the deceased, performed in Walla Walla on May 27, 2014, confirmed initial investigatory findings.
Athena Bentley was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the traffic accident. There are no indications that she was wearing a seatbelt. Records reveal that Ms. Bentley was not a licensed driver. The Coroner listed her cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head, neck, and torso.
Uziel Bermoy was seated in the front right passenger seat at the time of the traffic accident. Physical evidence indicates that he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The Coroner listed his cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.
Aidan Boede was seated in the right rear passenger seat at the time of the traffic accident. There are no indications that he was wearing a seatbelt. The Coroner listed his cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.
The vehicle involved is a blue 2005 Dodge Neon 4-door registered to Uziel Bermoy's father.
Toxicology results are pending. This investigation is ongoing.
Sheriff Turner and Coroner Greenwood express their deepest sympathies and condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of these three teens. "We urge you to discuss traffic safety with your children. Please remind them how important it is to wear seatbelts and drive safely."