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Young Man Facing Impaired Driving Charges for the Death of Two Teens

Posted on Dec 17, 2013

On May 12, 2012, a car crash claimed the lives of 16-year-old Jess Moses and his brother, 19-year-old Shane Moses. The brothers' friend, Ryan Jeffrey Webster—who was only 20 at the time of the crash—was recently criminally charged in their deaths. He faces a court hearing on November 28, 2013, at Richmond Provincial Court.

According to reports, Webster allegedly had been driving while under the influence of alcohol, when his 2006 BMW slipped out of his control and smashed into a tree, near No. 4 Road and Steveston Highway in Richmond. The two brothers died at the crash scene. Webster survived with minor injuries.

Richmond RCMP Cpl. Stephanie Ashton said that Webster had a graduated Class 7 license, which requires an “N” decal on the car, a single passenger, and a zero blood-alcohol limit.

Ashton also commented that, after embarking on a extensive investigation, authorities decided to charge Webster with two counts of impaired driving causing death as well as two counts of operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over 180 milligrams causing death.

The Moses brothers had attended Mathew McNair Secondary School. Jess had been taking classes, and Shane graduated just before the fatal wreck. Webster’s four counts could lead to substantial jail time as well as a host of other punishments, if he's convicted.

Unfortunately, no legal action can bring back the Moses brothers; their friend will likely pay a very steep because of one night of carelessness. This story illustrates how a single car accident can radically change people's lives and echo through the generations.

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