Trial began Tuesday for a Bonney Lake mother accused of killing her two young sons in a car crash on Tacoma’s Bay Street curve in January.
Pierce County prosecutors charged Jayme Lynn Davis, 42, with two counts of vehicular homicide in deaths of 8-year-old Jared and 11-yearold Jordan Davis.
The crash happened as Davis and her sons were headed home about 10:35 p.m. Jan. 16 after attending the Monster Truck Show at the Tacoma Dome. Davis was headed south on Bay Street when she apparently took the corner too fast and her car went over the concrete lane divider in the 2100 block, Tacoma police reported.
The car went into the oncoming lanes, hit a car, spun and was broadsided by an SUV. Firefighters pulled Davis’ sons from the wrecked car and took them to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center. Jordan died a short time later; Jared died the next night.
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Charging documents indicate police officers smelled a strong odor of liquor on Davis after the crash. Prosecutors allege she’d been drinking during the event. Laboratory results showed that three hours after the crash, Davis had a blood-alcohol level of 0.07, which is under the legal limit of 0.08.
According to court documents, Davis told police that when she changed lanes and applied the car’s brakes, they didn’t work. Traffic investigators later ruled out mechanical failure as a factor.
Attorneys delivered opening statements Tuesday and prosecutors started calling witnesses.