Olalla teen dies nine days after car crash

A South Kitsap High School sophomore died on Sunday from injuries he sustained in a automobile accident two weeks ago.

Tanner David Dunivent, 17, was driving on Burley-Olalla Road on April 15 when his car left the roadway and struck two trees shortly before 4:40 p.m., according to Kitsap County Deputy Andy Aman.

Aman said Dunivent suffered a severe head injury and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center after emergency crews were able to extricate him from the vehicle.

A 16-year-old passenger in the 2001 Hyundai suffered minor injuries, Aman said.

Aman said he could not determine exactly why the vehicle left the roadway, but the pavement was wet from rain.

“He was probably driving too fast for the conditions,” he said, explaining that the teen’s inexperience may have contributed to the accident as well.

Dunivent’s grandmother, Nora Garrigus, said she believed her grandson’s lack of inexperience was definitely a factor, explaining that the roadway was wet and had a steep hill.

“My grandson was not reckless, just inexperienced,” Garrigus said. “He probably didn’t know how to get (the car) back on the road. It’s a real tragic accident.”

Garrigus said the family was still reeling from the accident, which happened only a block and a half from where his parents, David and Tosia, live.

She said her grandson suffered a broken neck and would have been paralyzed had he survived.

She said he never regained consciousness and died on April 23.

“We suffered in the hospital by his bed for nine days,” she said, explaining that her grandson’s death left “a big hole.”

She described Dunivent as both “a good student and a good kid” that was always willing to help out her and others.

“I will miss his sweetness,” she said, explaining that she didn’t think there would be enough room at the funeral hall for everyone who wanted to attend. “Everybody loved Tanner.”

A funeral for Dunivent was held Friday at Rill Chapel.

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