Bellfountain Road crash

A Honda Civic driven by an impaired Alexis Weis crossed the center line on Bellfountain Road south of Philomath March 3 and struck a Honda Accord driven by Frederick Riggs. The crash killed Dustin Ware, a passenger in Weis' vehicle, and seriously injured Frederick and Cynthia Riggs.


An Albany woman convicted of manslaughter for killing her passenger when she crashed head-on into another car in March should pay more than $200,000 in restitution, a judge decided Friday.

Alexis Weis is serving a 10-year prison sentence for the wreck that killed 35-year-old Waldport resident Dustin Ware. The crash happened March 3 on Bellfountain Road south of Philomath.

Some of the $210,240 will pay for probate fees for the management of Ware’s estate, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Ryan Joslin. The money will also pay medical bills for the people in the other car, Eugene residents Cynthia and Frederick Riggs, who suffered serious injuries in the collision.

Weis’ defense attorney, Corvallis lawyer David Corden, did not object to the amount of restitution.

Benton County Circuit Court Judge Locke Williams handed down Weis’s prison sentence in June. Weis had pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, two counts of second-degree assault and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

At the time of the crash, Weis was under the influence of alcohol and a cocktail of drugs, including marijuana, methamphetamine and opiates, Joslin has said.

Weis also pleaded guilty to first-degree animal abuse for the death of the Riggs’ dog, which died in the crash.

Weis is currently serving her time at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville.



Public Safety Reporter

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