Refiled: Murder Charge Dropped Against Jayana Webb, Accused of Killing 2 Pennsylvania State Troopers

Refiled: Murder Charge Dropped Against Jayana Webb, Accused of Killing 2 Pennsylvania State Troopers
Refiled: Murder Charge Dropped Against Jayana Webb, Accused of Killing 2 Pennsylvania State Troopers (Images: Screenshot/YouTube/CBSPhilly)

After a court dropped the 3rd-degree murder case against the suspect in a deadly I-95 DUI crash that killed two state policemen and a pedestrian, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office refiled it.

Jayana Tanae Webb, 22, of Montgomery County, appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday. Webb’s third-degree murder charge was rejected by a court. She also placed Webb’s bail at $200,000 for each individual killed in the crash, for a total of $600,000.

“I think at the end of the day the judge made the right decision,” Webb’s attorney Michael Walker said. “Based on the law, it shouldn’t have ever been charged as a murder case. It was an accident. It was an accident. And I’m so happy and hopeful that she’ll be able to go home and talk to her family.”

Webb is still facing charges of DUI, homicide by vehicle while under the influence, homicide by vehicle, second-degree manslaughter of a law enforcement officer, involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person, driving under the influence, and a extrememly long list traffic violations such as failing to drive at a safe speed, careless driving, and reckless driving.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office said shortly after the dismissal that the third-degree murder charge against Webb would be re-filed. According to a District Attorney’s Office representative, the refile petition will be heard by a Common Pleas court judge on an undetermined date.

Prior to Wednesday’s appearance in court, Webb had been held in a Philadelphia jail since the March 21, 2022 fatal crash on I-95 near the Broad Street exit in South Philadelphia.

The crash occurred at 12:40 a.m. in southbound I-95 near Lincoln Financial Field. Pennsylvania State Troopers Martin F. Mack III, 33, and Branden T. Sisca, 29, had just stopped Webb when they got a complaint about a guy strolling on the highway. They left Webb to go assist the man.

Reyes Rivera Oliveras, 28, was wandering on the roadway when two troopers saw him. As they tried to get him in their car, Webb tried to utilize the highway shoulder to go around them.

Police stated the driver hit three men. The accident impact was so fierce it propelled the three into northbound I-95 lanes, police added.

Webb remained at the location with a damaged automobile and was later arrested. Police said she had twice the legal limit of.08 BAC.

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