A Camarillo woman who killed two men in what the California Highway Patrol (CHP) deemed a distracted driving accident was recently charged with misdemanor manslaughter. The widows of the victims do not believe the charge is severe enough.
The victims were Jesse Cushman, 43, and Maciek Malish, 53. Rachel Hill, of Camarillo, crashed into them with her car in a terrible Moorpark incident, according to officials.
Maciek Malish was an Emmy award-winning sound editor who worked on numerous population television shows, including “Lost.” He was bicycling when he was struck and killed by Hill.
After hitting Malish, Hill swerved into the opposite lane and collided head-on into Jesse Cushman, who was on his motorcycle. Police believe Hill was using her phone at the time of the incident.
Both Cushman and Malish were pronounced dead at the scene.
Although the CHP recommended felony charges against Hill, the Ventura County District Attorney proceeded with misdemeanor charges, leaving the victims’ loved ones feeling angry and disappointed.
Hill’s lawyer asserts that Hill was not using her phone at the time of the incident like the police claim.
The victims’ widows have vowed to bring Hill to justice.