PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Washington state Patrol confirmed a dive team recovered the bodies of a woman and two teenagers in Ilwaco on Friday.
Police said the car was going at a high rate of speed before losing control, went off a dock, and flipped into the water before it was found in the morning.
The victims have been identified as 40-year-old Kimberly Pickering, her 15-year-old daughter Mya Edwards, and Edwards’ friend 15-year-old Neveah Longcrow.
Authorities said it appears no one in the car was wearing a seatbelt and noted there are no witnesses, so it could be months before they may know what exactly happened.
A friend of Pickering named Christa Stephens told KOIN 6 News’ Jami Seymore, “It breaks my heart, this is such a huge loss to our peninsula and our community.”
Stephens added that Pickering “was such a beautiful mother and great friend to everyone.”
Friends have set up a GoFundMe account to help the families with expenses.
KOIN 6 News’ Jami Seymore contributed to this report.