Taylor Bernadski and Shon Gilliam died in crash of Cadillac Escalade driven by William Cady From CBS 8 SAN DIEGO (05/20/2015) – Opening statements were graphic and emotional in the murder trial of William Cady, accused of killing three passengers while high on drugs and alcohol. The prosecution said he was speeding at more than 90 mph and laughed when the passengers asked him to slow down. Family members had their first glimpse Wednesday of William Cady as attorneys went over vivid details of the January 2014 crash.
The 26-year-old drove a Cadillac Escalade with five others inside. The prosecution said he drove 87 to 97 mph on the transition ramp at Interstate 805 and SR-52. He overcorrected and flipped the SUV and it smashed into a pillar. Police reported that he was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol and had a blood alcohol content level from 0.13 to 0.19. The group had been drinking at a friend’s house and then went to two different bars and were kicked out for being obnoxious. The California Highway Patrol said several of his passengers were not wearing seat belts. Three of them died in the tragic crash. ….MORE From Fox 5 San Diego: SAN DIEGO – The family of one of the victims in last Friday’s alleged DUI crash spoke to Fox 5 about the tragedy and how they’re honoring the man’s memory. Taylor Bednarski, 29, was one of three men killed in the crash on the connector from northbound I-805 to westbound State Route 52. His sister, Raschelle Bednarski, spoke to Fox 5 one week after the tragedy.
She described Taylor as a great friend and brother, who loved life and had a passion for music and singing reggae. Inside their Clairemont Mesa home a reggae record spun on Taylor’s turntable, offering sounds of encouragement as she shared about his life. “He was just my whole strength and he would just want me to be strong and he would want us to get through this together,” she said. Raschelle Bednarski said her brother was “finally happy.” He was engaged to the love of his life, Meghan, and was planning a future. “He was going to marry this beautiful girl and they were planning their family,” she said. “And he had so many things left to do.” Authorities said William Cady, 25, was driving intoxicated the night of the crash. He had five friends inside his vehicle. The deputy district attorney said his friends asked him to slow down, but instead Cady hit the accelerator. ….MORE <