The Eagle Point teenager accused of driving impaired when his Ford Mustang fatally struck two on a motorcycle has been charged in adult court with manslaughter.
Zachry Adam Kindred, 17, faces felony second-degree manslaughter and misdemeanor driving under the influence of intoxicants in Jackson County Circuit Court in the Saturday night head-on crash outside Eagle Point that killed Trail residents Daniel Lawrence Foster, 60, and Catherine Denise Hock, 54.
The night of the crash just after 8:30 p.m. Saturday on Highway 234, Kindred had been under the influence of a “controlled substance and/or cannabis,” when he struck Foster and Hock riding a black Harley-Davidson, according to Deputy District Attorney Melissa LeRitz, who is prosecuting the case in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Catherine Hock's friends new her as "Cat," according to a GoFundMe page seeking to cover the costs of her memorial service.
LeRitz said the investigation into the crash is still early. She encourages any witnesses who may have information to contact Oregon State Police.
Kindred originally was charged in juvenile court with manslaughter over the weekend, according to Deputy Community Justice Director Joe Ferguson before the case was transferred to adult court.
A grand jury indicted Kindred Tuesday with two felony counts of second-degree manslaughter and a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Kindred remains lodged in Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center, where he’s being held on $500,000 bail, court records show.
The two juvenile passengers, who were uninjured in the crash, have not been charged, according to broadcast media reports.
If convicted, manslaughter in the second degree carries a mandatory minimum 75-month prison sentence under Oregon’s Measure 11. Juveniles convicted of Measure 11 adult crimes typically have a second-look hearing midway through their sentence.
Kindred allegedly crossed into the oncoming lane and struck Foster and Hock head-on in a crash that Hock’s children called a “preventable disaster,” according to a GoFundMe page seeking to cover the costs of Hock’s memorial service, among other expenses. Hock leaves behind three children and five grandchildren, according to the page.
As of early Tuesday evening, the crowdfunding page, had raised $1,800 toward a $5,000 goal.
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