King County prosecutors have filed vehicular homicide charges against a 24-year-old Vancouver, Washington man for allegedly killing his passenger in a car wreck on Aurora on Memorial Day 2010.
Police records say the driver had smoked marijuana prior to the crash, but was not impaired. However, the amount of THC in Simril’s blood was nearly double the maximum THC level in a marijuana DUI bill under consideration state legislature.
Charging documents filed Thursday afternoon say witnesses saw Miles Simril, 24, speeding down Aurora near Crockett St. in the rain, at about 7:30 pm. Police say Simril and his passenger, 23-year-old Jamal Clayton—were traveling between 74 and 95 miles per hour in Simril’s 2002 Toyota Camry.
Simril’s vehicle spun out, hit a tree and utility pole at about 60 miles per hour.
The utility pole snapped in half, Simril’s car rolled on its top, and came to rest about 25 feet away from the pole.
Several witnesses stopped to help, and were able to cut Simril’s seatbelt and get him out of the car, but could not free Clayton from the vehicle.
Clayton sustained a skull fracture in the crash and died in the emergency room at Harborview. Simril “cut his head, but was remarkably unscathed,” court records say.
Court records say there were no signs Simril was impaired during the crash, but notes he had “consumed marijuana, but not within a few hours of the crash.”
According to police, Simril’s blood contained 15.1 nano grams per milliliter (ng/ml).
Last year, pushed by Rep. Roger Goodman (D-45, Kirkland, Redmond) began pushing a bill which would measure the amount of THC in a person’s blood during a DUI arrest to determine if marijuana was a factor.
When discussing the legislation, Goodman noted that someone with 8 ng/ml “would be impaired.”
Court records say Simril has a criminal history in Oregon for theft and promoting prostitution, as well as speeding.
“His anti-social behavior and contempt for following the rules has now killed a young man,” prosecutors wrote in court records.
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