Bend woman enters guilty plea in crash that killed Warm Springs woman, 2 teens

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A Bend woman entered a guilty plea Monday to three counts of second-degree manslaughter for a head-on crash that killed a woman and two teens from Warm Springs last November, according to Jefferson County court records. But the Jefferson County District Attorney confirmed that the plea offer has been rejected.

Audrey Cooper McHugh, 30, is charged in the deaths of Saralee Spino-McCormack, 29; Jessica Johnson, 14; and Jesiah Johnson, 13. 

Oregon State Police said the crash happened on Nov. 16, 2022, at about 7:40 p.m. near milepost 114, which is near the airport.

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OSP said a preliminary investigation found that a Toyota Tacoma, driven by McHugh was passing several vehicles in the fog when it collided with a westbound gold Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Spino-McCormack.

Spino-McCormack and Jesiah Johnson, who was a passenger in the Malibu, died at the scene. Jessica Johnson died later at the hospital.

A new hearing is set for Oct. 30.

McHugh previously pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree and three counts of second-degree manslaughter plus a DUII charge.


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