OKANOGAN — An Omak woman accused of killing two people on a motorcycle with her car told an investigator that she had injected methamphetamine some 15 hours before the crash.
Kimberly A. Marrero, 25, was charged in Okanogan County Superior Court Wednesday with two counts of vehicular homicide.
She is charged with killing two St. Paul, Minn., residents: Ronald A. McKinley, 64, and Ann K. Johnson, 49.
According to the State Patrol, Marrero was driving a 1999 Ford Taurus west at about 5:25 p.m. when her vehicle crossed the centerline, hitting a Harley-Davidson that was traveling east. McKinley was driving and Johnson was the passenger.
McKinley died at the scene, the State Patrol report said. Johnson died at Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak.
Trooper Lex Lindquist said in his statement that he examined Marrero as a drug recognition expert. “I observed a puncture mark on her left arm. After Miranda, she admitted to shooting methamphetamine at 3 a.m.,” he wrote.
“Her pulse was elevated, her pupils were constricted and had little to no change in direct light,” the statement said.
Charges allege she operated a motor vehicle “under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug.” It includes driving recklessly and with disregard for the safety of others. Vehicular homicide is punishable by a maximum of life in prison, and a $50,000 fine.
Marrero was arrested at Mid-Valley Hospital, where she was treated and released.
She was also the driver at fault in an injury accident in Omak last October, when her car insurance had lapsed, an Omak Police report says.
McKinley was a philanthropist involved in education and increasing opportunities for American Indians, and founded a number of nonprofit agencies, including the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership.
He also served on the board of directors for Migizi Communications, an organization that trains Native American journalists.
Johnson was executive director of Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation and director of Community Affairs for Delta Dental of Minnesota. That group called her a lifelong advocate for youth health and well being. The Foundation also said in a statement that she was a board member of numerous civic, arts and charitable organizations, including the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota, Ordway Circle of Stars and Recycling Association of Minnesota.
She had worked 10 years as an assistant director in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.
World staff writer Michelle McNiel contributed to this report.