A woman who was driving while distracted, using her cell phone, caused the deaths of Jesse Cushman and Maciek Malish. Cushman was riding his motorcycle and Maciek was riding his bicycle at the time of the accident.
Both Cushman and Jesse died at the scene of the accident. Rachel Hill was the driver that killed both these men. Hill hit Malish first and tried to self correct herself and ended up hitting Cushman.
CHP recommended that Hill be charged with felony vehicular manslaughter but the Ventura County District Attorney filed misdemeanor charges instead. Both of the Victims’ families are outraged by the decision.
“How can you do something illegal, have total disregard for somebody else’s life, ultimately kill two people and get a slap on the wrist. How is that just?” asked Julia Cushman, Jesse Cushman’s wife.
“You can text, kill people, and you get away with this,” Elizabeth Malish said. “It’s very wrong because we’re going to say to other people that this is OK to do it and you are actually not punished.”
Hill’s attorney said she was not on her phone at the time of the crash, but just prior to it.
“Rachel maintains and the evidence supports that she was on her phone a minute or two prior to the accident, but not actually at the time of the accident itself,” Doug Ridley, Hill’s attorney said.
Both Elizabeth Malish and Julia Cushman said they would fight for justice for their love ones.
“I’m pushing through for him. I’m fighting and pushing through this for him because I know I have to,” Julia Cushman said.
Source: ABC7 News