Philadelphia, PA: A judge has reinstated third degree murder charges for a 22 year old accused of plowing down two Pennsylvania State Troopers and a civilian along a highway just outside of center city Philadelphia in March of this year.
According to a column issued by WGAL 8 out of Pennsylvania:
“Investigators said Jayana Webb, 22, was driving under the influence and speeding when she struck and killed Troopers Martin Mack III, 33, and Branden Sisca, 29, along Interstate 95.
The troopers were escorting a pedestrian to their cruiser when they were hit. The pedestrian, Reyes Rivera Oliveras, was also killed.”
The murder charges initially issued to Webb were dropped by a municipal judge who cited a ‘lack of evidence.’ Webb still faced a slew of charges after the dismissal, but none as serious as murder.
The District Attorney’s Office has reinstated those murder charges this week in anticipation that they will stick. Reasons for the reinstatement of murder charges are unknown at this point, but families of the fallen officers and civilian are assuredly pleased.
Online commenters also displayed a level of satisfaction of the reinstatement charges.
The statements were made on the Newsbreak.com website and included fiery statements such as:
“George Lemley: Why would a judge dismiss charges like that sounds like he was paid off. She took three people’s lives drinking and driving she should be charged with murder. When the judge dismissed them charges he should be investigating.”
“Bev Webster Pas: What a horrific story….she needs to go to jail for murder….Driving under the influence is against the law…killing someone when you are driving under the influence us murder.”
Line of Duty Deaths
Law enforcement officers face a myriad of dangers while on duty. Traffic deaths such as accidents and hit by motorists are among them.
It is easy to become complacent after not having any incidents in a long time, but all law enforcement officers, and even civilians pulled off the side of the highway should remain vigilant.
According to the CDC website:
“Motor vehicle-related incidents are a leading cause of line-of-duty deaths for law enforcement officers in the United States – they are also preventable. From 2011-2020, 454 officers died due to motor vehicle related incidents (struck by and crashes) – 33% of all line-of-duty deaths.”
It is a bit of relief that murder charges are reinstated against Webb, who showed a sense of pride in her ability to drive drunk in the months leading to the accident.
In a disturbing tweet sent on January 15, 2022 from Webb’s twitter account, she stated:
“If you ask me, I’m the best drunk driver”
This is a stark reminder to law enforcement officers everywhere that there are men and women out there brazen enough to post such statements because they feel they are right it is true to them.
Webb deserves murder charges for the heinous crime of taking three innocent lives. She didn’t value life and proved it.
The message here is clear, stay vigilant because they are other people driving out there now with the same belief system. It’s only a matter of time before fate happens again.
Don’t be the next victim.
The LET coverage of the original accident.
Police: Suspect who killed two state troopers and a civilian tweeted “I’m the best drunk driver ever”
Posted: March, 21, 2022
PHILADELPHIA, PA- According to reports, the woman being accused of driving under the influence when she struck and killed two state Pennsylvania State Troopers and a civilian previously boasted about her drunk driving skills on social media.
Twenty-one-year-old Jayana Tanae Webb faces more than a dozen charges, including three counts of third-degree murder, three counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, and two counts of second-degree manslaughter of a law enforcement officer.
On January 15th, Webb allegedly tweeted:
“If you ask me, I’m the best drunk driver ever.”
On Tuesday, March 22nd, Webb was seen in a pair of handcuffs belonging to the two fallen troopers as she was transported from the Pennsylvania State Police Troop K barracks to Philadelphia police headquarters.
Around 1 a.m. on Monday, March 21st, state troopers Martin F. Mack III, 33, and Branden T. Sisca, 29, pulled Webb over on suspicion of DUI on I-95. The troopers released Webb when they were summoned to deal with 28-year-old Reyes Rivera Oliveras, who was walking on the left side if the southbound lanes two miles away.
The troopers walked Oliveras to their SUV, but as they were getting him into the police vehicle, Webb allegedly rammed into the SUV at a high speed, killing all three men.
A Pennsylvania woman accused of killing two police officers and a civilian in a drunk driving crash bragged about her drunk driving skills on Twitter. In January, 21-year-old Jayana Tanae Webb tweeted, "If you ask me, I'm the best drunk driver ever." pic.twitter.com/fM46aN6QLC
— SassyRedHeaded👨🏻🚒MAGA Mermaid👮🏻♂️🇺🇸 (@MischievousLiz) March 23, 2022
The impact sent all three men over the median and into the northbound lanes. They were all later pronounced dead at the scene and Webb was taking into custody.
Law enforcement sources told FOX 29 that the 21-year-old driver had a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit. The Daily Mail noted that Webb’s Twitter account contains numerous references to alcohol during the months of January and February.
On February 18th, she referred to “getting in at 8am drunk” and on January 21st she posted, “I get drunk & start saying anything.” Sources with law enforcement confirm that investigators are looking into Webb’s social media.
Mack, who was married with two children, also served as an assistant lacrosse coach at Harry S. Truman High School. In a statement, Head Coach Mike Walczak told CBS Philadelphia:
“The players just wanted to say that Marty Mack taught them a lot, not just as lacrosse players, but in life as well. They loved the opportunities they got to spend with him and the lessons that he taught them will never be forgotten.”
Sisca was married with one unborn child as his wife is pregnant. He also served as the fire chief at the Trappe Fire Company. He joined the force in February 2021.
According to CBS Philadelphia the judge denied Webb bail despite this being her first arrest, citing the seriousness of the alleged crimes and public safety. During the arraignment, it was also revealed that Webb admitted at the crash site to drinking earlier that night.
UPDATE: Law Enforcement sources say Jayana Tanae Webb,21, was originally stopped for speeding on I-95 NB between Girard&Allegheny exits by the troopers who would moments later be hit&killed. They“got her credentials but then got priority call to get man walking 1/4 @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/tptEdyTPpk
— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) March 23, 2022
Webb’s attorney, Michael Walker, asked the public to hold judgment until the facts are tried in court. He said in a statement:
“We are never the worst thing we have done in our life. If in fact she is found guilty of this, she is more than that and right now she is an innocent person. She is extremely saddened. She’s not a violent criminal. She has not past, no prior contacts with police whatsoever. She’s a great person and it would devastate most people and right now she’s devastated.”
Sisca’s father is Craig Sisca, who is a deputy at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Sean Kilkenny said in a statement:
“I have not had a chance to talk with him. I left him a message. I’m sure him and his family are dealing with this tragedy in their own way.”
A positive outcome involving a drunk driver and a state trooper.
Hero trooper uses patrol vehicle to stop drunk driver from plowing into 10K race, saves countless lives
Posted: March 10, 2022
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper is being hailed as a hero after she stopped a drunk driver from potentially plowing into thousands of race participants.
The trooper’s selfless actions occurred on Sunday, March 6, 2022, during the running of the annual Skyway 10k in Manatee County, Florida.
According to the Herald-Tribune, a woman driving a 2011 BMW 335i was traveling “at a high rate of speed,” on I-275, approaching the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, where thousands of runners and walkers were crossing.
I-275 was closed at that time due to the race.
The driver did not detour onto US-41 despite being directed to do so, and she instead drove around barriers and through traffic cones, past state patrol presence.
As the woman headed toward the bridge, two Florida Highway Patrol troopers drove south on the northbound lanes of I-275 to intercept her.
In the video below, the dash cam recording of Trooper Toni Schuck shows the moment when Schuck directed her patrol vehicle into the path of the oncoming BMW, colliding nearly head-on with the car:
🚨🚨 HERO ALERT: The last line of defense, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Toni Schuck placed herself directly in the path of a drunk driver heading toward a road closure where countless innocent bystanders were participating in 10K race. Thank you, Trooper Schuck! pic.twitter.com/C29FwZFPII
— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) March 8, 2022
Schuck is a 26-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol.
The Herald-Tribune reports that she suffered serious injuries in the collision, but is now recovering at home.
According to WTSP, those injuries included a “serious head wound” and a concussion, as well as significant lacerations that “are expected to cause permanent scarring to her head and face.”
The driver, later identified as Kristen Kay Watts, 52, of Sarasota, was also seriously injured and was found to be intoxicated.
No participants in the Skyway 10k were hurt.
Watts was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol and charged with:
“driving under the influence with serious injury, two counts of DUI with property damage and two counts of reckless driving involving injury and property damage.”
Trooper Toni Schuck is a 26 year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol. She was the last line of defense to the Skyway 10K runners. She used her vehicle and herself to protect countless lives. Tonight she is home recovering from her injuries with her family. @fox13news pic.twitter.com/iAyMvG5QQ0
— Kim Kuizon FOX 13 (@kkuizon) March 7, 2022
Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Ken Watson called Schuck the “last line of defense,” saying:
“There was no time to think. You have to act.
“And without question, she was the last line of defense.”
“There’s no telling what would have happened, had that vehicle actually reached all of those runners.
“You know, the bottom line is, these troopers saved dozens upon dozens of lives….
“For this trooper [Schuck] to risk her life to make sure that others would be ok, is the epitome of what service is all about.”
WTSP reports that FHP Sgt. Steve Gaskins wrote an email praising Schuck and the other trooper who drove to intercept Watts and her vehicle.
“Both are high-caliber and high-quality members dedicated to the FHP and serving the public.”
State trooper Toni Schuck risked her life by using her vehicle to block a speeding car driven by an alleged drunk driver that was headed toward a bridge where thousands of people were running a charity race in Florida.https://t.co/qf0lxBLSW6
— Julia Fello TMJ4 (@JuliaFello) March 9, 2022
“Every one of them responded immediately and without hesitation.
“While the crash was severe, I know the injured Trooper who is currently receiving medical care as I author this email, is absolutely relieved to have been available to ensure the safety of hundreds of innocent persons.”
Skyway 10K announced in a Facebook post:
“On behalf of the Skyway 10K, we are beyond thankful for our law enforcement partners and the trooper who risked her life to keep our race participants safe.
“We are extremely grateful for the Florida Highway Patrol and all of our federal, state and local law enforcement partner agencies, not only for providing layers of security for this event, but the sacrifices they make every day.”
Watts is being held at the Manatee County jail on a $52,000 bond.
Fox 13 reporters shared a video showing Watts laughing during her first court appearance:
The Florida Highway Patrol announced:
“Those wishing to contact Trooper Schuck, who continues to recover from her injuries with her family at home, may send their thoughts to her attention at Florida Highway Patrol, 11305 North McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 or via our FLHSMV and FHP social media.”