Poulsbo man sentenced to 11 years for fatal crash

Told detectives he was on several prescription pain medications and had smoked pot before the crash.

Associated Press

OLYMPIA — A Poulsbo man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for causing a car accident that killed a 16-year-old Oregon girl.

The Olympian reported Tuesday that David W. Willis Jr., 40, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and felony DUI last month.

A superior court judge sentenced Willis on Tuesday based on a plea deal he struck with prosecutors.

Authorities say Natalya Martinez of Hermiston, Oregon, and her family were traveling in two cars Feb. 2 when she pulled to the shoulder on I-5 in Olympia due to a flat tire.

She was waiting for a tow truck when Willis drove into the back of her car.

Police say Willis told detectives he was on several prescription pain medications and had smoked marijuana earlier in the day.

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