Canby woman pleads guilty to manslaughter
Canby resident Vasilissa Kuzmin, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree manslaughter and one count of DUII on June 27, according to court documents.
Kuzmin, who graduated from Woodburn High School, was accused of causing the deaths of Naylor C. Joles, of Oregon City, and Robert Lough, of Mount Angel, in a car crash Feb. 15.
Kuzmin was sentenced to six years and three months in prison and ordered to pay $12,500 each to the families of Joles and Lough. The plea deal also stipulated that she loses driving privileges for life.
Kuzmin accepted the plea deal from the Clackamas County District Attorney. Had Kuzmin gone to trial and been convicted she could have faced a potential sentence of 150 months served consecutively, for a total of 12 and a half years.Kuzmin collided head-on with Joles and Lough near the intersection of South Barnards Road in Canby on Feb. 15. An investigation found that Kuzmin likely veered off the road onto the gravel shoulder before overcorrecting and crossing the center line where she crashed into Joles' vehicle.
Joles' vehicle caught on fire and bystanders were unable to free Joles and Lough. The two victims died in the burning vehicle.
Kuzmin was transported to Oregon Health & Science University for treatment of injuries suffered during the crash. During treatment Kuzmin's blood alcohol content was reportedly 0.21 percent. Motorists will fail a DUII test if their blood alcohol content is at 0.08 percent.