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Documents: Driver's BAC was nearly double legal limit at site of deadly crash

Booking photo for Justin Coakley.jpg
Booking photo for Justin Coakley

A 21-year-old man admitted to drinking three Coors beers prior to a crash that killed one of his passengers last weekend, according to court documents.

Police say Justin Coakley was driving his Ford pickup north on Windsor Island Road early Saturday morning when he lost control of the vehicle, which then rolled on its side. One of his passengers, 18-year-old Karlie Thometz, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coakley and another passenger were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

According to court documents, Coakley told police he drank three Coors beers before driving. His BAC was 0.158.

The day after Thometz's death, several close friends described her as someone who loved to be outdoors, someone who you could have a deep conversation with, and someone who would give you the shirt off your back if you need it.

"She'd do anything for anyone, she's a great girl," said Chance Holley, a friend of Thometz.

Holley, Mat Pitts, and Brandon Hanneman all spoke with KATU News Sunday afternoon.

Holley says he saw Coakley earlier Friday night. He said Coakley was drunk and "trying to fight." He says Thometz and Frost met Coakely that night.

"Karlie looked for every reason not to go, but she went so her friend wasn't alone," said Hanneman.

After learning about Thometz's death, her friends said they were angry and couldn't believe what happened.

"Just unbelievable. I couldn't believe it. Still kind of in awe. I don't know how this kind of thing could happen to somebody for no reason," Holley said.

"Especially Karlie, it doesn't seem real at all, it really doesn't," added Pitts.

Several friends will be getting matching tattoos to honor Thometz.