Ex-Jackson High School swimmer killed in auto accident

By David Pan | Oct 04, 2017
Courtesy of: Shannon Prendergast Facebook Remembrance page Former Jackson girls swim team member Shannon Prendergast died in a car accident last week.

A former member of the Jackson High School girls swim team was killed in an automobile accident last week.

Shannon Prendergast, a 2015 graduate and four-year swim team member, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, on I-90 east of Kittitas.

At about 5:30 a.m., Prendergast’s car struck a pickup truck that had flipped over after the driver swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway, according to a Washington State Patrol press release. The pickup truck hit a guardrail and ended up blocking the eastbound lanes. The driver of the pickup truck was able to exit his vehicle.

Prendergast, 20 of Everett, died as a result of the collision.

Jackson swim coach Drew Whorley wrote that the death of Prendergast, who was a student at Washington State University, left a deep hole the hearts of the community.

“As a swimmer, Shannon was part of our 2014 state championship team and a recipient of the Timberwolf (coach’s) award,” Whorley wrote in a social media posting. “Her attitude, work ethic and commitment to her team left a lasting impression on everyone she swam with and those who had the privilege of coaching her.”

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