by: Kevin McCarty Updated:
Emotions ran high as a teenager accused of killing three friends in a weekend crash near Bremerton made his first appearance in court.
The aunt of vehicular homicide suspect Marcus McKay broke down as she offered the family's condolences for the three teenagers who died when he slammed into a tree early Sunday.
“We’re all very, very, very sorry for their loss,” said Pennie Hernandez as she fought back tears. “This is going to be hard for Marcus and all the parents involved.”
Prosecutors said McKay, 17, was going 75 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone at 3 a.m. on Sunday when he lost control of his car killing Luther Wiggins-Stoudemire, 18, Kassidy Clark, 16, and Jenna Farley, 14.
Prosecutors also said McKay admitted smoking marijuana a little more than an hour before the crash.
Annissa Coleman is close friends with McKay and the teenagers who were killed. “He has so much weight on his shoulders and he’s the type of person to just blame himself and it’s going to be a burden forever,” said Coleman.
McKay was released to the custody of his parents after appearing in court. Prosecutors filed a motion Monday asking that he be tried as an adult on three counts of vehicular homicide.