Kitsap County Driver, 17, Charged in Triple Fatality is Released to Mother

According to the Seattle Times, a 17-year-old Kitsap County boy charged with three counts of vehicular homicide for the crash that killed three fellow Olympic High School students was released from custody Monday at his first court appearance.

The teen was released to his mother by a Kitsap County juvenile-court judge, who set another court hearing for January 26.  At that hearing, a judge will determine whether the teen will be tried as an adult.

The single-car accident occurred shortly after 3:00 a.m. Sunday when the teen and three passengers were returning from a party in Seabeck on the Kitsap Peninsula.  All three passengers were pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators obtained a search warrant to draw a sample of the driver’s blood, but the results are pending.  Even without the toxicology report, prosecutors charged the driver with vehicular homicide, saying in charging documents filed on Monday he operated a “motor vehicle with disregard for the safety of others.”

Prosecutors allege the teen had smoked marijuana an hour before the crash and was driving 75 mph in a 45 mph zone.

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