Belfair woman booked for fatal crash

A 29-year-old Belfair woman suspected of driving while under the influence of drugs was booked for vehicular homicide on Friday after allegedly killing a Silverdale woman in a car crash Jan. 6 on State Route 166.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian George said Tera Lawanna Cash was arrested at Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma Jan. 14 immediately following her release after being treated for skull fractures sustained in the accident.

Cash was then transported to Kitsap County Jail, where she was booked for one count of vehicular homicide and on a Georgia arrest warrant for several counts of forgery.

As of Monday, she was still in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail, and was scheduled to appear in Kitsap County Superior Court yesterday.

George said substances found in Cash’s vehicle following the accident led officers to suspect she was impaired, although results a blood tests are still pending.

According to the WSP, the crash occurred at approximately 9:35 p.m. Jan. 6 when Cash’s eastbound 2005 Toyota Tacoma pickup crossed the centerline of SR-166 between Port Orchard and Gorst, crashing nearly head-on into Nicole Daniels, who was westbound in a 1995 Toyota 4Runner.

Daniels, a 27-year-old Silverdale resident, died at the scene, while her passenger, 19-year-old Phillip Cobb of Kansas, suffered serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

According to the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office, vehicular homicide charges can be brought against a driver when he or she commits one, or all three, of these acts before causing an accident that takes the life of another: driving while impaired, in a reckless manner or with disregard for the safety of others.

Case Manager Chris Casad said the standard range for one count of vehicular homicide, with no prior felonies or serious infractions, is between three and four years in prison.

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