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Man pleads guilty in deadly ‘10 crash

A college student has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide for a 2010 crash that killed a Lewis and Clark High graduate and Eastern Washington University student.

Taylor D. Marean is to be sentenced Sept. 20 by Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque. He pleaded guilty before Leveque Thursday morning for the Feb. 14, 2010 crash that killed Jacoby N. Bryant, 19 (pictured).

Marean faces 31 to 41 months in prison under Washington's standard sentencing range guidline, said Deputy Prosecutor Mary Ann Brady. The sentence is for someone with no criminal history convicted under the drunken driving prong of the vehicular homicide statute.

Another driver, Brooke A. Reese, was sentenced last November to about a year in jail for vehicular homicide statute under the disregard for the safety of others prong.

Reese and Marean were racing when they crashed on on southbound Hatch Road near 54th Avenue.

Bryant was a passenger in Reese's 1999 Pontiac Grand Am (pictured). Marean was driving a 2005 BMW.

Past coverage:

May 28, 2010: Documents give new details on deadly crash

April 27, 2010: Charges in deadly crash on hold for school

April 5, 2010: Charges recommended in crash that killed teen

Driver jailed for crash that killed friend

A 20-year-old Spokane woman has been sentenced to a year in jail for a fatal 2010 crash  that killed a Lewis and Clark High graduate and Eastern Washington University student.

Brooke A. Reese was booked into Spokane County Jail Thursday. She's eligible to serve about 2/3s of her sentence if credited for good behavior. She's to be on probation for a year after her release.

Reese was charged in Spokane County Superior Court with vehicular homicide for a crash that killed Jacoby N. Bryant, 19, (pictured) on Feb. 14, 2010. She pleaded guilty to the felony last week and was sentenced by Judge Linda Tompkins.

A second suspect, Taylor D. Marean, is scheduled for trial on Jan. 23.

Reese and Marean were said to be racing when their cars collided on southbound Hatch Road near 54th Avenue.

Bryant was in the passenger seat of Reese’s 1999 Pontiac Grand Am (pictured), which struck a tree after colliding with Marean’s 2005 BMW, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Reese reportedly admitted to drinking four shots of Vodka at a party near East 25th Avenue and South Grand Boulevard before the deadly crash.

She cried at the hospital to detectives, saying “she was responsible for her friend’s death and had to live with it the rest of her life,” according to court documents.

According to court records, Reese’s blood-alcohol level was .06 and Marean’s was .12; detectives say they found methamphetamine in Reese's purse.

Past coverage:

May 28, 2010: Documents give new details on deadly crash

April 27, 2010: Charges in deadly crash on hold for school

April 5, 2010: Charges recommended in crash that killed teen

Teens in deadly Feb. crash plead not guilty

Two teenagers were arraigned Monday on vehicular homicide charges connected to a Feb. 14 crash that killed a Lewis and Clark High graduate and Eastern Washington University student.

Brooke A. Reese and Taylor D. Marean, both 18, pleaded not guilty in brief, back-to-back hearings before Superior Court Judge Ellen Kalama Clark.

The teens were said to be racing when their cars collided on southbound Hatch Road near 54th Avenue early Feb. 14, killing Jacoby N. Bryant, 19.

Bryant, a 2009 graduate of Lewis and Clark High graduate and student at Eastern Washington University, was a passenger in Reese’s 1999 Pontiac Grand Am when it collided with Marean’s 2005 BMW, then struck a tree, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Reese reportedly admitted to drinking four shots of Vodka at a party near 25th and Grand before the deadly crash. The two are to be booked and released from the Spokane County Jail by Friday. Trials were scheduled for Sept. 7, though Marean’s attorney indicated it likely would be delayed.

Past coverage:

May 28: Documents give new details on deadly crash

April 27: Charges in deadly crash on hold for school

April 5: Charges recommended in crash that killed teen

Teens in crash were drinking, charges filed

Two teenagers had alcohol in their systems when the crashed their cars last winter, killing a 19-year-old Spokane woman.

Brooke A. Reese’s blood-alcohol level was .06 and Taylor D. Marean’s was .12 after the Feb. 14 crash on Hatch Road near 54th Avenue that killed Jacoby N. Bryant, (pictured) according to documents filed this week in Spokane County Superior Court.

Vehicular homicide charges were filed Wednesday against Reese and Marean, but no arraignment has been scheduled.

Detectives found meth in Reese’s purse, but she has not been charged with drug possession.Court documents indicate only alcohol was detected in her system.

The sheriff’s detective who investigated the crash said Reese and Marean likely be in court in mid-June after school is out. Marean is a student at the University of Washington.

Investigators believe he and Reese were racing when their cars collided on southbound Hatch Road near 54th Avenue early Feb. 14.

Bryant was in the passenger seat of Reese’s 1999 Pontiac Grand Am, which struck a tree after colliding with Marean’s 2005 BMW about 2:24 a.m., according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

At least one person witnessed the crash, according to the newly filed documents. Ralph Reyes-Lao was driving northbound on Hatch with a Karra Skinfill when a white car being tailgated by a black car sped past them.

Reyes-Lao knew they wouldn’t make the curve at 57th and looked in his rear-view mirror as the cars collided with the tree.

 A woman at the crash scene told them “everything was fine,” according to court documents.

Detectives believe Marean’s BMW was going 51 mph when it struck Reese’s Pontiac (pictured). The speed limit on Hatch is 30 mph.

Reese later reportedly admitted to drinking four shots of Vodka at a party near 25th and Grand before the deadly crash.

She cried at the hospital to detectives, saying “she was responsible for her friend’s death and had to live with it the rest of her life,” according to court documents.

Past coverage:

April 5: Charges recommended in crash that killed teen

Charges in deadly crash on hold for school

Prosecutors are waiting until the end of the school year to file vehicular homicide charges against two teens involved in a crash that killed a 19-year-old Spokane woman, Spokane County Sheriff’s Detective Dave Thornburg said today.

Thornburg sent an investigation recommending the charges against Brooke A. Reese and Taylor D. Marean, both 18, on April 5. The teens were said to be racing when their cars collided on southbound Hatch Road near 54th Avenue early Feb. 14, killing Jacoby N. Bryant, 19 (left).

Marean is a student at the University of Washington, and prosecutors are allowing him to finish the term before he’s arraigned on the felony charge, Thornburg said.

Bryant, a 2009 graduate of Lewis and Clark High and a student at Eastern Washington University, was a passenger in Reese’s 1999 Pontiac Grand Am when it collided with Marean’s 2005 BMW, then struck a tree, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Reese reportedly admitted to drinking four shots of Vodka at a party before the deadly crash, according to a search warrant. She faces a possible drug possession charge after detectives found meth in her purse in the Grand Am. Thornburg’s recommendation also includes two counts of minor in possession/consumption of alcohol against Reese and Marean.

Past coverage:

April 5: Charges recommended in crash that killed teen

Charges sought in crash that killed teen

Two teenagers involved in a crash that killed a 19-year-old Spokane woman in February face vehicular homicide charges under a recommendation sent to prosecutors Monday. 

Investigators believe Brooke A. Reese, 18, of Spokane, and Taylor D. Marean, 18, of Redmond, were racing when their cars collided on southbound Hatch Road near 54th Avenue early Feb. 14. Jacoby N. Bryant, 19, died at the scene.

“It stands out just because it involves just a bunch of youth - young teenagers - making a bad choice,” Detective Dave Thornburg said. “Ultimately, they’ve affected a lot of lives.”

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Meth found in car involved in fatal crash

Detectives investigating a car crash that killed a teenager in south Spokane last weekend found methamphetamine in the vehicle in which the victim was riding, according to newly filed court documents.

Jacoby Bryant, 19, (left, picture from KHQ.com) died early Feb. 14 when the 1999 Pontiac Grand Am she was riding in collided with a 2005 BMW in what police believe was a race between the vehicles on southbound Hatch Road near 54th Avenue.

Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives found meth in a purse in the Grand Am, and the car’s driver, Brooke A. Reese, 18, told police she’d had four shots of Vodka that night, according to a search warrant filed in District Court.

Reese told investigators she was driving “too fast” when she tried to make a left turn on 54th Avenue and collided with a tree after being struck by the BMW about 2:24 a.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office.

She called deciding the race the BMW’s driver, 18-year-old Taylor D. Marean, “the worst decision of my life,” according to court documents.

“His car was faster, faster than I would have ever thought,” Reese reportedly said.

Reese was treated and released from a local hospital. Neither Marean nor his passenger, Ryan Perrizo, 19, were injured. Marean, who Reese said had been drinking “a lot,” refused to talk to investigators.

Detectives are investigating the three for possible vehicular homicide charges.

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