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Trial begins for mom charged in young sons’ deaths after Monster Truck show

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Oct. 19, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
October 19, 2010 1:47 pm

The trial began today for a Bonney Lake mother accused of killing her two young sons in a car crash on Tacoma’s Bay Street curve in January.

Prosecutors have charged Jayme Lynn Davis, 42, with two counts of vehicular homicide in deaths of 8-year-old Jared and 11-year-old Jordan Davis as they headed home from the Monster Truck Show at the Tacoma Dome.

Davis was driving south on Bay Street about 10:35 p.m. Jan. 16 when she apparently took the corner too fast and her car went over the concrete lane divider in the 2100 block, Tacoma police reported.

She drove into the oncoming lanes, struck a 1992 Lincoln Continental, spun and was broadsided by an SUV. Tacoma 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.

Charging documents indicate Tacoma police officers smelled a strong odor of intoxicants on Davis after the crash. Prosecutors allege she’d been drinking during the event. Toxicology laboratory results showed that three hours after the crash, she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.07, which is under the legal limit of 0.08.

Davis told Tacoma police officers that when she changed lanes and applied her brakes, they didn’t work, according to court documents.  Traffic investigators later ruled out mechanical failure as a factor in the crash.

Attorneys delivered opening arguments this morning and prosecutors started calling witnesses.

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