Charges: Driver needed to be roused shortly after killing teens

Shortly after his Toyota 4Runner struck and killed two Ferndale teenagers, the driver fell asleep in the passenger seat of his car, needed to be shaken awake and seemed disconnected from the situation, according to charging papers filed Monday, June 15. The Washington State Patrol trooper who made those observations concluded driver William J. Klein was possibly under the influence of drugs during the fatal crash , Whatcom County Superior Court charging papers say. Klein, 34, of Bellingham was placed under arrest and has since been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts vehicular assault.

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