Chewelah, Washington woman on trial for hit-and-run death of two construction workers

The trial of Ramona Morgan, 49, of Chewelah, Washington has begun in Lawrence, Kansas. Morgan is charged with two counts of reckless second-degree murder in the September 2007 deaths of two Kansas Department of Transportation workers on U.S. Highway 59 near Pleasant Grove, Kansas.

The Seattle Times reports that Morgan is also charged with aggravated battery for injuring a third worker.

The charges stem from the deaths of Tyrone Korte, 30 and Rolland Griffith, 24. Both men were working in a construction zone when Morgan allegedly drove through the zone despite warnings and signs.

The Times published this account: “All of the witnesses testified she sped through that construction zone twice,” Assistant District Attorney Eve Kemple said at a previous court hearing. “She failed to heed any warnings. She did not brake, did not swerve, she took no evasive action.”

Morgan’s defense is that she thought someone was chasing her and she feared for her life.

This will be an interesting case to watch. If convicted, Morgan could also face wrongful death suit in civil court. Wrongful death claims can be made if a person’s death is caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another. In wrongful death cases, the families of the victim may recover damages for the loss of their loved one.

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