On August 4, 2005, illegal alien Marcos Ramos Medina crossed the center line on U.S. Highway 95 near Satus Pass, WA collided nearly head-on with a 2000 Lexus driven by Peggy Keller, 53, dean of distance education and technical services at Yakima Valley Community College.
Keller, a radiology expert, was on her way to an education conference when she was killed.Prosecutors stated that Medina was driving under the influence of methamphetamines at the time of the crash.
Medina has a criminal record in Portland included possession of cocaine and the sale of heroin for profit, and he also had a federal firearms conviction. Prior to the crash, Medina had been deported twice.
Medina, 35, who was found to have at least eight aliases, falsely identified himself at his first court appearance,.
Medina's first trial came to an abrupt end in August 2006 when Russell T. "Todd" Sharpe, a six-year Washington State Patrol officer, testified that the suspect fought against his restraints while being taken to the hospital for a blood alcohol test and refused to answer questions. The case against the Mexican national was declared a mistrial because his constitutional right to remain silent had been violated.
That Medina caused the crash was never in question – only his level of guilt. His attorney questioned prosecutors' claims that drug use was to blame.
According to Washington State Toxicologist Barry Logan, a blood test taken immediately after the accident showed a high concentration of methamphetamine in Medina's system. He testified that the reported erratic driving and his mood swings after he was taken into custody indicated Medina had been driving with drug-induced exhaustion.
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