Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Linda Krese heard from witnesses and spoke for 20 minutes to a packed courtroom Thursday to explain why she found Brown not guilty of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A judge found a Snohomish County driver not guilty of being impaired by methamphetamine in a crash that killed two young cousins on I-5, even though his blood tested positive for the drug.

The Everett Daily Herald reports Todd Eugene Brown was driving a pickup north near Lynnwood in 2017 when he rear-ended a Nissan with enough force to crush the van’s back half.

Twelve-year-old Amiyah Johnson died at the scene and 2-year-old Yesterday Wallace died hours later.

Superior Court Judge Linda Krese heard from witnesses and spoke for 20 minutes to a packed courtroom Thursday to explain why she found Brown not guilty of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

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She said expert testimony convinced her it couldn’t be proven how meth had affected Brown.

She says the mere presence of the drug was not sufficient to draw a conclusion.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com