Montesano, WA Man who Crashed Head-On into Forks Couple while High on Meth
Gets 18 Months in Prison
August 17, 2018
Elderly couple were left with permanent disabilities and lives altered
(TACOMA, WA.) – A 51-year-old Montesano, Washington, man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release for vehicular assault, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes in Seattle.
Hayes says Kelly L. Landry was driving his employer’s work truck while impaired with methamphetamine and marijuana on September 6, 2017, when he crashed head-on into another car on Highway 101 in Clallum County near Lake Crescent.
According to records filed in the case, Landry was driving east on Highway 101 and crossed the centerline, slamming head-on into a Taurus sedan driven by an 80-year-old Forks resident.
The driver’s 70-year-old wife was in the passenger seat. Both suffered severe injuries, including a broken ankle, broken nose, fractured ribs, and fractured wrist. Landry was also injured in the crash. First responders to the scene found both a meth pipe and a marijuana pipe in the cab of Landry’s truck, a vehicle that was owned by his employer. A blood screen taken following the crash showed Landry had high levels of methamphetamine and some THC in his blood.
“While both victims survived, their lives have been permanently changed because of lasting physical impacts from their injuries,” said the statement from Hayes’ office. “They are no longer able to participate in many of the activities they enjoyed before the crash. An avid gardener, the 70-year-old is no longer able to work in her garden and must use a walker for mobility.”
The statement also said Landry had been identified in two prior incidents where he struck parked cars. Because the September 2017 crash occurred on National Park Service land, the case was prosecuted in federal court. At a hearing on November 9, 2018, Judge Leighton will set a restitution amount to pay for the victims medical bills, towing fees and other expenses.