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Camarillo Woman Kills 2 in Distracted Driving Crash, Gets Misdemeanor

Published on Jun 9, 2016 by Wilshire Law Firm in

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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.

“My life is ruined, of course, and I don’t know how to live without my husband, but at least I expect justice for him,” Elizabeth Malish, Maciek Malish’s wife said.

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.

“How can you do something illegal, have total disregard for somebody else’s life, ultimately kill two people and get a slap on the wrist. How is that just?” asked Julia Cushman, Jesse Cushman’s wife.
“You can text, kill people, and you get away with this,” Elizabeth Malish said. “It’s very wrong because we’re going to say to other people that this is OK to do it and you are actually not punished.”

Hill’s lawyer asserts that Hill was not using her phone at the time of the incident like the police claim.

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The victims’ widows have vowed to bring Hill to justice.

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