EVERETT - A 26-year-old Everett woman who admitted she was driving drunk when involved in a car accident last winter has pleaded guilty to killing two Tacoma women and injured two others.
Camille Spink admitted Tuesday she was drunk Feb. 26 when she drove the wrong way on an Everett street and slammed into a car full of young people.
The crash killed Sheena Blair, 24, and Martin “Tony” Ramirez, 19, both of Tacoma. Luis Reyna and Marco Ortiz, both 18, suffered serious injuries and multiple broken bones.
A blood test hours after the crash showed Spink’s blood-alcohol level was more than double the legal limit for drivers.
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Spink and a friend were headed to a bar in north Everett when they crashed. She smelled of alcohol and was stumbling and swaying at the crash scene, court papers said. She also admitted smoking marijuana earlier in the day.
Spink pleaded guilty Tuesday in Snohomish County Superior Court to two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault. Under state sentencing guidelines, she faces up to 8ß years in prison.
Prosecutors have agreed to recommend the low end sentence of a little more than six years. That decision was made partly because Spink had no previous criminal history, deputy prosecutor Tobin Darrow said.
“We charged her with every possible crime, and she’s taking responsibility for every possible crime,” Darrow said. “It’s obviously a terrible tragedy.”
Spink hasn’t been jailed and has been allowed to remain free pending her Jan. 3 sentencing.
That seemed like just one more injustice for his family to endure, said Blair’s father, Frank.
They’ve endured the changing seasons without his daughter, he said. She wasn’t there when her little sister graduated from high school. They’ve missed her on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and during other family celebrations, Blair said.
“Now we will endure Thanksgiving with an empty spot at the table, and Sheena’s birthday, and Christmas, all while the defendant is home with her children,” he said. “That to us is almost unbearable.”
He and his family will do what they can to convince the judge that Spink deserves the top sentence.
About 600 people attended the young woman’s funeral. And 300 came to mourn Ramirez. That’s nearly 1,000 people whose lives were forever changed because of Spink’s decision to drive drunk, Blair said. He expects many of those people will be writing to the judge.