Guilty plea in Ocean Shores vehicular homicide


An Ocean Shores woman charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault in an incident that left her boyfriend dead and a bystander injured pleaded guilty to both charges Monday.

Rebecca Hebel, 21, was charged in a May 8 collision that ended in the death of Bryan J. Moorman-Trader. According to police reports, Hebel confirmed she was driving the car at the time of the collision, but initially denied fault.

Lloyd Siverts of Ocean Shores was driving northbound on Canal Drive NE when a car that he says seemed to be racing another vehicle came directly at him in his lane. He said the car swerved and slammed into him before driving away.

Police reports also state that Hebel told police that she was drinking at the Porthole Pub before the collision, but said she was not intoxicated and the van driven by Siverts “swerved into her lane of travel and the vehicles collided.”

According to police reports provided to the North Coast News, toxicology reports show that Hebel’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit on the evening of May 8.

As she entered her plea Monday in Grays Harbor Superior Court, Hebel was soft-spoken and tearful, pausing frequently to dab her eyes with tissues.

Asked by Judge David Edwards to explain what happened, Hebel said, “I drove in a reckless manner that killed (Bryan).”

“Do you believe Mr. Moorman died as a result of injuries he received due to your reckless driving?” Edwards asked.

“Yes, sir,” Hebel replied, holding back a sob.

Hebel’s attorney, Matthew McGowan, asked to enroll Hebel in an electronic monitoring program before sentencing so she could begin earning credit for time served, but Edwards said that sentencing alternative was not typically used by the court and denied the request.

Edwards lifted the prohibition on contact with Moorman-Trader’s family at the request of the man’s mother, who wanted to see her young granddaughter, currently in Hebel’s custody.

McGowan requested sentencing be delayed because as a young mother, Hebel “needs some time to get her life in order before any period of incarceration.”

Sentencing was set for March 15.