Klamath Falls man pleads guilty in crash

KLAMATH FALLS — A Klamath Falls man whose speeding led to the death of his girlfriend pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide.

Prosecutors said Tuesday they would request a 22-month prison term for Jiryes Jada at his sentencing June 7.

Authorities said Jada was driving his BMW at speeds exceeding 65 mph in a 35-mph zone when he lost control of his car, crossed two lanes of traffic and careened into a garage door.

Heather Mendoza Westlund, 19, died after she was ejected from the car during the November 2005 crash.

“I’m glad he pleaded guilty because I’ve known all along that he was guilty,” said April Cobb, Westlund’s mother. She said her daughter worked at a supermarket and was a talented artist.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Swanson said Jada was racing his cousin, 20-year-old Issa Husary. The cousin faces charges that are pending in Klamath County Circuit Court.

— The Associated Press

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