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Student in crash that killed 3 of his Olympic High classmates pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — The 17-year-old driver in a crash that killed three of his Olympic High School classmates pleaded guilty to three counts of vehicular homicide Thursday in Kitsap County Juvenile Court.

According to The Kitsap Sun, a hearing to determine whether Marcus McKay, a junior at Olympic, would be tried as a juvenile or an adult was scheduled for Monday, but prosecutors and the defense agreed to recommend the juvenile charges.

INFORMATION BELOW IS FROM AN EARLIER Q13 FOX NEWS STORY:

Students from Olympic High School filled the pews of Gracepoint Church on Jan. 13 to remember the three killed in a car crash in Seabeck Jan. 11.

Sixteen-year-old Kassidy Clark, 14-year-old Jenna Farley and 18-year-old Luther Stoudermire were killed the crash.

“It was a lot to find out, when we found out who the driver was,” says Wesley Cunningham. “I don’t just feel for the people who passed away, I feel for him too. It’s a lot to handle.”

“With any accident, you think it could have been prevented,” says Daijah Williams. “With this one, it probably could have. But we can’t bash him, because he’s going through the same thing we are.”

Prosecutors say the driver smoked marijuana before getting behind the wheel, and was driving 75 mph when he lost control. But several relatives of the victims say they forgive the driver. Other parents say it’s the right thing to do.

“It’s hard in this situation, because nobody understands for sure what happened,” says Marisa Clauson.

Parents say they are having conversations with their children about being careful before getting in a car with anyone who might be intoxicated or unable to drive safely.

“Just a reminder that one simple mistake can end somebody's life,” says Clauson.

“They should have known because this is not the first time that someone has gotten into a crash,” says Williams. “So I don't feel like this will completely stop it. But because it affected so many people, it will help to make a bigger impact this time.”

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4 comments

  • Kenneth Briggs

    still a bunch of dumb ass kids that thought it is cool to smoke pot . so put this cool boy in jail til he is 25 and he can smoke all the pot he wants and then tell us just how much fun it is to be a pot head .

    • Barb

      I am sorry but everyone in life makes mistakes. Maybe your time has not come yet. But to lose 3 of your friends is a hard thing to have happen weather you were at fault or not is a hard pill to swallow. Lets just hope and pray that what has happened will be a learning lesson for all!

  • Skip

    This seems to happen every couple of months and it is terribly sad. Teens think they are indestructible and push the limits. Slow down and live.

  • Tony Shrone

    Let’s see, the driver took “Drivers Education” and there learned ya don’t driver while under the influence, right? He was speeding, right? In Drivers Education students also learn that they’re not allowed to have any passengers under the age of 25 years old unless they’re immediately family members and they’re not able to drive between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. I’m he was told and/or read the Washington State Drivers Guide!!!! It wasn’t a MISTAKE!!! He violated solid principles for safe driving which resulted in the death of 3-teenagers.