Judge Alan Hancock in Island County Superior Court sentenced two Oak Harbor women to prison, finding them guilty of Vehicular Homicide and found both responsible for the Whidbey Island car accident that killed Brian Wood, Jacob Quistorf and Francis Malloy.
Judge Hancock sentenced Samantha Bowling to at least five years in prison and Jordyn Weichert to eight years.
The judge was visibly moved as he pronounced sentence.
Weichert, who was 20 at the time, was driving a Chevy Blazer on Highway 20 when she asked Bowling to steer for her so she could remove her sweater. Bowling apparently let go of the wheel before Weichert resumed control of the vehichle and when the Blazer started drifting, both women grabbed the steering wheel, over-corrected and crossed into the oncoming lane where they collided with the car driven by Brian Wood.
Quistorf and Mallory were in the backseat of Weichert’s car and were both killed.
Bowling took a plea bargain in April and she pleaded guilty to Vehicular Homicide and agreed to testify against Weichert.
Weichert was found guilty in May of multiple felonies including three counts of Vehicular Homicide and two counts of Vehicular Assault.
A charge of Vehicular Homicide (Washington Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.520 ) can be charged if one or more persons are killed in a motor vehicle accident and the driver was found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident or found to be driving with reckless disregard to the safety of others. There was evidence that both women had taken drugs or smoked marijuana before the accident.
The Vehicular Assault https://www.washingtoninjuryattorneyblog.com/2011/04/oak_harbor_woman_seriously_inj.htmlcharges (RCW 46.61.522) stem from the injuries to Wood’s wife, Erin, who suffered serious injuries. She was pregnant at the time but fortunately, the baby was not injured.
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