BREMERTON, Wash. — Family members of three teenagers killed in a high speed crash near Seabeck broke down as the 17-year-old driver was sentenced for vehicular homicide in Kitsap County Juvenile Court on Friday.
“It was senseless and violent,” said Keith Clark, father of victim Kassidy Clark. “Kassidy loved life and made the most of it.”
Marcus McKay admitted smoking marijuana at a party before driving 75 miles per hour along wet winding roads in the early morning hours of January 11, slamming into a tree. McKay was the only survivor of the crash that claimed the lives of Clark, 16, Luther Wiggins-Stoudermire, 16, and Jenna Farley, 14.
“This was not an accident -- three kids were killed in a collision that you caused,” said Farley’s father, Ruben.
Parents said McKay lied to them before driving his friends to that party, even telling one family he was in the military so they'd allow their daughter to go with him.
“We began to trust you,” Kassidy Clark’s mother Trina said. “What made you decide to throw that trust away Marcus?”
“(It was) like the devil or somebody came into my house and asked for my brother and took him away and never brought him back,” Wiggins=Stoudemire’s sister Ayesha said.
Judge William Houser wiped away tears as he sentenced McKay to a little more than two years in juvenile detention, telling McKay what happened was a tragedy that sent ripples through the entire community.
“That ripple will go throughout, certainly my lifetime. The lifetime of the families, the lifetime of their friends,” Houser said.
The crash occurred on Jan. 17 in Seabeck. All the teens went to Olympic High School in Bremerton.