Lawyer: Driver Accused in Fatal Pennsylvania Crash Says His Client Is ‘Devastated’

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
March 25, 2022 Updated: March 25, 2022

The suspect accused of killing two Pennsylvania state troopers on Interstate 95 while under the influence has expressed remorse, according to her lawyer.

Jayana Tanae Webb, 21, was charged with third-degree murder, homicide by vehicle while DUI, manslaughter of a law enforcement officer in the second degree, driving under the influence, and other charges.

Authorities told local media that her blood alcohol content was about twice the legal limit.

“Right now she’s devastated,” said Michael Walker, Webb’s attorney, according to 6ABC. “She’s extremely saddened. She is not a violent criminal. She has no criminal past, has no prior contacts with police whatsoever.”

In the crash, Trooper Martin F. Mack III, Trooper Branden T. Sisca, and a civilian identified as Reyes Rivera Oliveras were killed, police said.

“Several passing motorists called 911 after observing the pedestrian, identified as Oliveras, walking in the southbound lanes of travel on I-95,” said the Pennsylvania State Police in a statement. “Troopers Martin F. Mack III and Branden T. Sisca, of Troop K, Philadelphia, located him and were in the process of securing him in their patrol vehicle when they were struck by Webb just before 1:00 a.m. on Monday, March 21.”

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This combination of photos provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Trooper Martin F. Mack III, left, and Trooper Branden T. Sisca. Authorities say an early Monday, March 21, 2022 crash on a highway in Philadelphia killed the two state troopers and a civilian. (Pennsylvania State Police via AP)

Walker declined to address claims of her alleged social media posts about driving while intoxicated. He also did not say how much she had been drinking, according to the Inquirer.

Accounts that were allegedly linked to Webb included posts about partying and driving under the influence, including one in January where she allegedly referred to herself as “the best drunk driver ever.”

“It’s all hearsay,” Walker said. “If we could just take a step back, there are families of the loved ones who perished. Spinning stories—it’s not the most appropriate.”

Walker also told the Inquirer that he cannot comment on anonymously sourced reports claiming Webb was pulled over for speeding by the same two troopers just minutes before the fatal collision.

“I don’t know that to be the case,” Walker said.

On Tuesday night, the local District Attorney’s Office said Webb allegedly confessed to officers she had been drinking Hennessy Cognac before the crash, reported NBC10.

Walker petitioned the court to offer Webb bail but was declined by a judge, according to local reports.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.