Yahoo! News reports that the identity of a suspected DUI driver responsible for the deaths of two Pennsylvania State Troopers and a pedestrian has been released.
The Pennsylvania State Police said in a statement that 21-year-old Jayana Tanae Webb has been charged with three counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, one count of driving under the influence of alcohol, and several other related charges. The charges against Webb were filed by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, March 22.
Officials say that the crash happened at 12:45 a.m. when state troopers responded to a call about a pedestrian on Interstate 95. Webb, driving her SUV southbound at a high rate of speed, swerved onto the shoulder of the busy interstate to get around the stopped law enforcement vehicle. Webb’s vehicle struck the two officers and the pedestrian with enough force to send them into the northbound lanes
Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene of the crash. Despite lifesaving efforts by paramedics, all three men were declared dead at the scene.
George Jackson with Philadelphia’s Defender Association said they had no comment when asked whether or not Webb had an attorney.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered flags at community and government buildings to fly at half-staff until sunset on March 25.
“This is a heartbreaking tragedy that occurred when these troopers were protecting and serving. Governor Wolf said in a statement. “This mournful incident is a stark reminder of the risks and sacrifices our law enforcement officers undertake every day to keep us safe.”
On behalf of our firm’s attorneys and staff, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of this tragic incident.