Philadelphia, PA – A 21-year-old woman has been arrested for crashing her car into two Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) troopers and a pedestrian on Monday morning, killing all three.
Jayana Tanae Webb has been charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, third-degree murder, driving under the influence, and manslaughter of a law enforcement officer, among other charges, WPVI reported.
Webb was being held without bail following her arraignment late Tuesday night.
Her preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 5, according to WPVI.
The incident began on Interstate 95 southbound at approximately 12:30 a.m. on March 21, when the PSP Trooper Martin Mack, 33, and Trooper Branden Sisca, 29, stopped a female driver on suspicion of DUI, WCAU reported.
During the traffic stop, the troopers were notified that a man was walking on the roadway and they were forced to leave the stop in order to locate the pedestrian, law enforcement sources said.
The troopers located the pedestrian and were trying to get him into their patrol vehicle when a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed slammed into all three of them, according to police.
The force of the impact threw the troopers and the pedestrian into the northbound lanes of the interstate.
The driver then crashed into a barrier.
Sources said the driver of the speeding vehicle was the same woman the troopers had been investigating for the suspected DUI, WCAU reported.
She remained at the scene.
Witnesses rushed to the injured troopers and attempted CPR, but all three victims were pronounced dead at the scene, Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) Traffic Division Officer Mike Staten told reporters.
The pedestrian was later identified as 28-year-old Reyes Rivera Oliveras, WPVI reported.
All lanes of traffic on Interstate 95 were shut down for approximately eight hours after the crash, according to WCAU.
Trooper Mack joined the PSP in November of 2014.
He leaves behind his wife and two young daughters, according to a fundraising page established to help his family in the wake of his death.
Trooper Sisca recently graduated from the law enforcement academy after enlisting with the agency in February of 2021.
He leaves behind his wife, Brittany, who is due to give birth to the couple’s daughter in early July, according to a fundraising page set up for his family.
Both troopers were assigned to the PSP’s Troop K Patrol Section.
“Our department is heartbroken with the tragedy that occurred early this morning in Philadelphia,” PSP Commissioner Colonel Robert Evanchick said in a press release late Monday morning. “We ask our fellow Pennsylvanians to keep the families of our troopers and the pedestrian in their thoughts. This is an extremely difficult time.”