The manslaughter trial of a Seattle man who allegedly struck a Volkswagen Beetle, killing two Seaside residents in April 2013 while under the influence of methamphetamines, opiates and oxycodone began this week in Clatsop County Circuit Court.
Sterling Maxwell Frinell, 40, of Seattle, is charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence of intoxicants, second-degree assault and reckless endangering.
With a suspended license from Washington state, Frinell was driving a 1999 Subaru Impreza just before 7 p.m. April 19, 2013, when he crossed the centerline and collided with a northbound 1974 VW Beetle.
The Beetle was driven by city of Seaside employee Mark Agalzoff, 52, and his 20-year-old male passenger from Seaside, Tryg Walker McCord.
Both were killed in the accident.
Frinell was driving with a passenger, Margaret E. Goldman, 32, at the time. Both were seriously injured.
Judge Cindee Matyas is overseeing the trial in Courtroom 100.
The District Attorney’s Office expects final arguments to begin Friday.