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Buckley man charged with vehicular homicide after hitting teen walking with girlfriend in Enumclaw on Halloween

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on March 14, 2013 at 8:34 pm with No Comments »
March 14, 2013 8:34 pm

A 20-year-old Buckley man has been charged with vehicular homicide for allegedly using marijuana and oxycodone before driving and hitting a 16-year-old boy who was walking on the shoulder of state Route 410 in Enumclaw on Halloween night.

Cody Money was arrested Wednesday, and his bail was set at $50,000. His arraignment is scheduled for March 21.

According to charging papers:

Money was driving a silver 2005 Nissan Titan pickup that hit 16-year-old Justin Relethford about 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2012.

Relethford died at the scene from his injuries. His 15-year-old girlfriend, whose hand he was holding just before the crash,  suffered a minor arm injury.

Relethford’s girlfriend said they were walking to her mother’s boyfriend’s house for dinner, and that minutes before the crash, Relethford had told her: “switch sides with me, I wouldn’t want anything to happen to you.”

Money reached down to look at his cell phone while driving, to see if his mother was calling him, at which point he drove over the fog line and was driving almost entirely in the shoulder when he looked back at the road, and hit Relethford.

Money stopped about 200 feet from the crash. Officers evaluated him for possible impairment, and he told them he had smoked marijuana at noon, per his prescription. He said he may have taken Suboxone, a drug for opiate dependence, at 5 a.m.

A blood test showed more recent use of marijuana, and the pain killer Oxycodone in Money’s system. The test showed no Suboxone in his system.

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