The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 25-year-old man for vehicular homicide in the death of a 18-year-old Centralia High School student following a crash last May in Grand Mound.
Donald D. Siegler is accused of driving under the influence of marijuana leading up to the May 17 crash at Old Highway 99 and Oregon Trail Road Southwest, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.
The crash killed Cheyllyn Ranae Collinsworth, who was set to graduate as a top student at Centralia High School.
Siegler’s arrest was not possible until this week because of his serious injuries, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
“The facts of the accident included Mr. Siegler being the driver of a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. “He subsequently crossed the center lane of travel striking another oncoming vehicle.
Siegler was arrested at his home in rural Rochester and booked into the Thurston County Jail.
Siegler referenced the crash and apparent remorse in a June 30 post on his Facebook page, saying he wanted to pay his respects and that “she deserved better than what happened.”
“I swear I'll live my life for you and your family,” he wrote. “I owe it to you. I'm so sorry. I hope to see you one day in heaven, no matter how much I don't deserve it right now, I just hope you can forgive me. I'm sorry in a way I could never describe. I may not have known you. But I love you and all that you've taught me in this short amount of time.”