A 17-year-old driver was charged Monday with three counts of vehicular homicide for an accident over the weekend that claimed the lives of his three teenage passengers.
In charging documents, Kitsap County prosecutors claim the teen was driving recklessly and with “disregard for the safety of others” after leaving a party early Sunday.
The three deceased teens were identified by the coroner’s office as Luther James Wiggins-Stoudermire, 18, Kassidy Miranda Clark, 16, and Jenna M. Farley, 14, all of Bremerton.
The teen is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on Monday afternoon. The Seattle Times is not naming the driver because he is currently charged in juvenile court, although prosecutors have indicated they will seek to charge him as an adult.
According to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, investigators believe the four young people had just left a party being held in the Seabeck area and were on Seabeck-Holly Road when the single-car accident occurred at 3:27 a.m.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s office said the vehicle was found upside down and in a ditch. All of the passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was taken into custody and booked into the Kitsap County Youth Services Center, police said.
Sheriff’s traffic deputies are investigating whether excessive speed or driver impairment were factors in the crash. A search warrant was granted to investigators, and a blood sample was obtained from the driver. The results of the blood draw are pending completion of toxicology tests at the State Patrol Crime Lab.