Man charged in crash that killed twins wants license back

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by HEATHER GRAF / KING 5 News

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Posted on March 12, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 5:53 AM

It's been more than four months since 17-year-old twins Janeah and Janesah Goheen were killed, when another car hit theirs. Now, the man charged in the accident is asking a judge to let him back behind the wheel.

The sisters were driving down Highway 20, headed to a haunted house on Halloween night, when a car driven by 53-year-old Ira Blackstock allegedly cross the center line and hit the twins' Acura. Janeah died instantly, and Janesah died ten days later. A friend who was with them was hurt.

"It hit us hard," said family friend Dena Royal. "It was just gut-wrenching the whole time."

Anytime there's a new development in the case, Royal says it takes a toll on the entire Oak Harbor community. Pink and blue ribbons -- the girls' favorite colors -- still line the streets.

Blackstock is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault. He's out on bond, but hasn't been allowed to drive since the October 31st, 2013 accident.

According to a recently filed court motion, his attorneys are now asking a judge to give him back his license, because he needs to be able to drive to run his roofing business.

A judge is set to hear that request on Friday.

"My concern is that he hasn't accepted responsibility for what happened," said Royal. "Accidents happen, but he's still responsible, and until you take responsibility, I don't think you need to be behind the wheel."

Prosecutors would not say whether they plan to fight the motion. 

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