Family's Grief: Twin Dies 11 Days After Her Sister Following Car Crash

14/08/2014 16:55 | Updated 22 May 2015

Sister dies 11 days after she lost her twin in crash caused by drunk driver

A family is in mourning after their second twin daughter died 11 days after her sister. They were involved in a crash caused by a drunk driver.

Janesah Goheen, 17, and her identical twin, Janeah, were involved in the accident as they drove with a friend to visit a haunted house in Oak Hill, Washington, US.

In a heartbreaking twist, it is the third tragedy for the family, who lost another daughter - 23-year-old Jessica Goheen Thorn - in a car crash in May 2008.

Janesah had been driving at 5pm on Halloween when it was hit head-on by a Ford Mustang driven by 53-year-old Ira Blackstock.

Janeah died instantly but her twin was rushed to hospital where her family and friends held a vigil until she died.

The twins' pastor, Russell Schlecht, told local TV news there was some comfort in Janesah's death.

"This is the longest they've been apart," he said.

"One being taken instantly, one enduring as long as she could.

"As awful as it is, I'm glad they're together right now. There's a beauty to it. A sense there this needed to happen."

The family had planned to hold a memorial for Janeah on Saturday and will now be remembering Janesah there too.

Police said Blackstock had crossed the central reservation in his Mustang and slammed into the sisters' car.

Police say Blackstock appears to have been accelerating at the time of impact. The damage was so severe that the girls had to be cut from their vehicle.

Janeah, who was seated in the back of car, was killed in the accident while the twins' close friend Alysha Pickler, 18, was sitting in the front passenger seat and suffered a concussion.

When authorities arrived on the scene, Blackstock allegedly showed signs of impairment and a blood sample was taken to test his blood alcohol level.

Police are awaiting the toxicology results but Blackstock is likely to face charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

An Alcoholics Anonymous brochure and a Bible were found in the backseat of his car.

Blackstock suffered minor injuries and was arrested after his release from hospital.


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