Oroville man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

Weslee Ray Clough, Oroville, 21, pled guilty in Okanogan Superior Court on Thursday, July 17 to vehicular homicide by being under the influence of alcohol or drugs and operating a vehicle in a reckless manner.

In taking the plea agreement the Oroville man received a sentence of 21 months in jail for the accident that resulted in the death of Justin A. Reese, 19, Oroville.

Clough was driving a vehicle just before midnight on Friday, Oct. 5, 2007 when he failed to negotiate a curve on Wannacut Lake Road about a half mile from the Loomis-Oroville Highway. The Dodge vehicle traveled down a steep embankment and rolled over five times. Reese, a passenger in the vehicle, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. He was declared dead at the scene early the next day.

Clough, who was trapped in the vehicle and a second passenger, Amber D. Mazza, were injured in the crash. Mazza walked a quarter-mile from what Sheriff Frank Rogers described at the time as a “totally destroyed” vehicle to call for help. Both Clough and Mazza were treated at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket.