BONNEY LAKE, Wash. - A driver was charged with vehicular homicide for allegedly hitting and killing a pedestrian on an Enumclaw road.
According to police, 16-year-old Justin Relethford was walking hand-in-hand with his girlfriend along Highway 410 in Enumclaw on Oct. 31. He was struck by a pickup truck and died from his injuries.
Police said 20-year-old Cody Money was the driver of the pickup truck.
According to court documents, Money admitted he hit Relethford. He said he told police the night of the incident that he looked down to answer his cellphone and when he looked up, he didn’t see Relethford until it was too late.
Police documents revealed multiple marijuana-smoking devices were found in Money’s truck.
Three hours after the crash, Money’s blood was drawn and it tested positive for marijuana and oxycodone.
Money’s bail was set to $50,000, but he could walk out of jail any time because he needs to post $5,000 to get out.
Relethford’s family doesn’t think $5,000 is right, and they also don’t like the standard sentence of the case, which is 15 to 20 months. They told KIRO 7 Eyewitness reporter Amy Clancy if Money is convicted, they think he should spend the rest of his life in prison because their son is never coming home.
Money will be back in court March 21.