Pennsylvania woman sentenced in DUI crash that killed 2 troopers and a pedestrian WTAJ

Pennsylvania woman sentenced in DUI crash that killed 2 troopers and a pedestrian WTAJ

Woman Sentenced to Decades in Prison for DUI Crash that Killed Two Troopers and a Pedestrian in Philadelphia

A tragic DUI crash that occurred on the Interstate 95 in Philadelphia last year has caused the loss of three lives – two state troopers and a pedestrian. Jayana Webb, a 23-year-old woman from Eagleville, has been sentenced to 27 1/2 to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts each of third-degree murder and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence. The incident was termed by District Attorney Larry Krasner as “one of the most shocking incidents of vehicular violence in recent memory.”

The Details of the Accident

The accident took place when Troopers Martin Mack III and Branden Sisca were trying to help a pedestrian get to safety from the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 near south Philadelphia’s sports stadiums. A vehicle driven by Webb was “traveling at a high rate of speed” and hit all three of them. Unfortunately, all three of them died on the spot. The pedestrian has been identified as 28-year-old Reyes Rivera Oliveras of Allentown.

The Sentence and Defense

Webb pleaded guilty to the charges and has been sentenced to a minimum of 27 1/2 years to a maximum of 60 years in prison. Defense attorney Michael Walker has said that Webb, who is seven months pregnant, will remain out of custody till February, when she gives birth. After that, she will be allowed some time to bond with the child before reporting to prison. The defendant expressed deep “sorrow” and apologized to the families of the victims in court. She hoped that at some point, they would be able to forgive her, but she would never be able to forgive herself.

Earlier court hearings focused on Webb’s blood alcohol content and her activity on social media, including a post earlier in the morning that stated she had been stopped “doing 110 in a 50” mph zone. As they tried to get the pedestrian to safety, Webb tried to pass the parked state police SUV at high speed, hitting all three people. Her blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit, and the active components of marijuana were found in her system, according to prosecutors.

The Impact of the Accident

The loss of two state troopers’ lives is a huge loss for their families and the state they worked for. Trooper Mack had been assigned to the Philadelphia barracks since 2015, whereas Trooper Sisca had graduated in August 2022. Col. Robert Evanchick, the state police commissioner, said both “had bright careers ahead of them” before “their lives were senselessly cut short.”

Conclusion

Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol can cause fatal accidents, and this incident is an example of it. A young woman’s life is ruined, and two state troopers and a pedestrian lost their lives, leaving their families and loved ones in grief. May this incident serve as a reminder to people not to drink and drive and to always prioritize the safety of themselves and others on the road.

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