Prosecutors have filed a warrant for Scott Michael Buskeness, 31, who they believe was responsible for a head-on car accident on Route 7 in Spanaway that killed Jamie Reinford, 33, and Richard Pennington, 34. Another person suffered a fractured ankle in the car accident. Buskeness is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault according to The Tacoma News Tribune.
According to reports, Buskeness crossed over the median while driving on State Route 7 near 146th Street around 1:35 am on Monday night. He ran head-on into a Dodge Colt with Reinford and Pennington and another passenger inside. Reinford was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma where he died late Tuesday night. Pennington was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he died. The passenger of the Colt was also taken to Harborview for treatment of injuries.
Buskeness admitted to police that he he had smoked methamphetamine on the day of the crash and marijuana within the past week. Police did not arrest him but took him to Madigan Army Medical Center at Fort Lewis with a hand injury. Police said that they thought he was so impaired that he would remain at the hospital for a few days. Instead, he was released the next morning and police have been looking for him since then.
It is curious why police did not arrest him at the time of the accident as he currently faces a DUI charge in Thurston County and has 19 convictions for felony traffic offenses and violent crimes.
Vehicular homicide can be charged if a person dies while a person was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (RCW 46.61.520) and vehicular assault can be charged if a person sustains a serious injury while a person was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (RCW 46.61.522).
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