Memorial Saturday for Goheen twins in Oct. 31 crash

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Goheen twins
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The community is invited to a memorial service Saturday at Oak Harbor High School for the Goheen twins.

Janesah Danae Goheen, 17, passed away Monday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She succumbed to injuries sustained in the Oct. 31 car crash in Skagit County.

Her twin sister, Janeah Dawn Goheen, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The memorial service is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Oak Harbor High School gymnasium.

Paul Kuzina, owner of Whidbey Memorial, said the tragedy has shaken the community to its core.

Kuzina said the memorial service provides the community with an opportunity to honor and remember the girls, grieve together and offer solace.

“The community can come and support the family with their prayers and their love,” he said.

Memorial donations in memory of the twins are suggested to the Goheen Family Fund at any Whidbey Island Bank branch.

Kuzina said there are no words to express the family’s grief.

The twins lost a sister, Jessica Goheen Thorn, in a 2008 automobile accident.

The twins attended Oak Harbor schools, including the high school, but were attending Skagit Valley College in the Running Start program this year.

Kuzina said the girls were popular and had many friends at Oak Harbor High School.

Many in the community paid tribute to the girls and offered condolences to their family on the Whidbey News-Times’ Web site at and Facebook page at

Janesah and Janeah Goheen, along with their friend, Alysha Pickler, were on their way to visit haunted houses in Seattle on Halloween when their car was struck on State Highway 20 near the intersection of Gibralter Road near Anacortes.

According to a report by a detective with the Washington State Patrol, 52-year-old Oak Harbor resident Ira Blackstock was driving his 2006 Ford Mustang south on the highway from Sharpes Corner and “accelerated rapidly” on the highway as he approached the intersection at Gibraltar Road.

The car, which had near-bald rear tires, broke traction on the wet asphalt, began fishtailing side-to-side, crossed into the oncoming lane and struck the Goheen’s 1993 Acura, the State Patrol report states.

Pickler and Blackstock were injured and transported to Island Hospital.

Blackstock was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

Family and friends of the Goheen twins are encouraged to share memories and condolences at


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