Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 41-year-old mother with two counts of vehicular homicide in a January crash on the Bay Street curve that killed her two young sons.
Two counts of vehicular homicide were filed against Jayme Lynn Davis this morning. Davis, a Bonney Lake resident, is not in custody and a warrant has been issued for her arrest.
Charging documents indicate Davis had been drinking before she got behind the wheel the night of Jan. 16. She and her sons, 8-year-old Jared and 11-year-old Jordan, had been to the Monster Truck Show at the Tacoma Dome and were on their way back to her house.
Davis was driving south on the Bay Street when she took the corner too wide, went over the concrete lane divider and headed into oncoming traffic at 10:35 p.m.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found two crashed cars – a 1988 Mazda sedan and a 1999 Toyota Rav.
The driver of the Rav told investigators he was headed north on Bay Street when the other car came across the center median in front of him and “there was nothing he could do to avoid the collision,” charging documents state.
A Tacoma police officer helped Jayme Davis out of her Mazda. She was crying but said she wasn’t injured, court documents state. The officer noted a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her mouth,” charging documents state.
Another officer escorted Davis to a patrol car and also noted a strong odor of intoxicants. The officer also reported that Davis’ eyes were blood shot and her face flushed, charging documents state.
Fire crews pulled Jordan and Jared Davis from the Mazda. The boys were taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center. Jordan died a short time later; Jared died the next evening, police reported.
Davis was taken to Tacoma General Hospital after saying she had chest pains. After being advised of her rights, she told officers she and her boyfriend had a couple of beers while eating popcorn at the truck show, court documents state.
Davis explained how the crash happened: “The defendant stated she was heading away from the Monster Truck Show towards home and as she approached the curve on Bay Street she changed lanes from the outside lane to the inside lane. She said she applied her brakes but they did not work. She was going too fast as she entered the curve and she continued through the inside lane, up over the median and in to the oncoming lane of travel where her vehicle collided with another car,” charging documents state.
A blood draw was done on Davis at 1:25 a.m. Jan. 17. The toxicology lab results revealed she had a blood alcohol level of 0.07, charging documents state.
Tacoma police traffic investigators ruled out mechanical failure. The follow-up investigation revealed Davis’ car was southbound on Bay Street when it attempted to negotiate the right curve in the 2100 block.
“She lost control of her vehicle and immediately crossed over the center double yellow line along with a concrete ‘C’ curb,” charging documents state.
Davis’ car hit a 1992 Lincoln Continental, then rotated and was broadsided by the Rav.
The traffic investigator noted the “most probable cause of the collision was speed too fast for conditions and inappropriate driver response to the impending slide of the vehicle,” charging documents state.