PORT ORCHARD, Wash. -- A teenager faces three counts of vehicular homicide following a deadly accident over the weekend. The 17-year-old Olympic High School student was charged in juvenile court Monday afternoon.
Investigators say Luther James Wiggins-Stoudermire, 18, Kassidy Miranda Clark, 16, and Jenna Farley, 14, were killed in the accident after leaving a party. All three were students at Olympic High School in Bremerton.
Classmate Anissa Coleman and other students were inside the courtroom. She knows all of the victims and the driver.
“He has so much weight on his shoulders,” said Coleman. “He’s the type of person to just blame it on himself and that’s going to be a burden to him forever.”
Prosecutors say the 17-year-old driver smoked pot before getting behind the wheel and losing control of his car. The crash happened on Seabeck-Holly Road NW, about a mile south of Seabeck in western Kitsap County early Sunday morning.
Deputies found the car, a 1996 Toyota Corolla, on its top in a drainage ditch alongside the road. The teen was driving 75 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to investigators.
“It is hard for all of us; it is overwhelming for the whole family,” said the suspect’s aunt.
A hearing is scheduled to determine if the teenager, whose name is being withheld, will be charged as an adult. A judge released him from custody to his parents Monday.
Outside of Olympic High School, students created a memorial for the victims. A candlelight vigil was scheduled for Monday night.
Principal Rebecca Johnson at Olympic High School released this statement:
“Today is a sad day at Olympic High School and Central Kitsap School District. We are all grieving the loss of our students involved in yesterday’s car accident. They were active members of our school, and our hearts go out to their families and friends. We have provided extra counselors to be here for students and staff. This is a difficult time; for now, we are just focusing on supporting our students and each other.”