SALEM, Ore. -- The trial opened Thursday for the driver accused of hitting and killing two students near Chemeketa Community College two years ago.
Sophia Downing was charged with manslaughter, assault and DUII in the September, 2010 crash that also critically injured a third student of the alternative school Winema High.
Police said Downing admitted taking drug Ativan at the time of the crash. Killed in the crash were 18-year-old Brittney Green, of Salem and 16-year-old Francisco Servantes, 18-year-old Jorge Echeverria suffered serious injuries.
Lois Green testified Thursday that she was so proud her daughter, Brittney had just graduated from high school and was on a waiting list to go to boot camp in the Air Force.
Downing, who was driving a 1994 Chevy Blazer, stayed on the scene. Her speed was unknown when the vehicle went through a crosswalk and jumped a curb hitting the victims and an electrical junction box. One of the victims was dragged about 20 feet.
Caleb Wade also took the witness stand Thursday. He was with his friends when they were hit.
It was going to hit me and I jumped back but all it got was my toe, he recalled.
In 1997, Downing was charged with attempted murder, solicitation of murder, conspiring to commit murder and assault. After a plea agreement, she was sentenced to ten years in prison and three years probation.
A friend of Downing's told KGW that she had long-battled with mental issues and substance abuse.
KGW Reporter Kyle Iboshi contributed to this report