Accident victim still in critical condition

By Paul Suarez, Columbian web producer

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Joseph Reilly, 21, critically injured in a fatal Hazel Dell car crash last month, remained in critical condition at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday afternoon.

According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Reilly was hit by Annastasia Morrison, 20, of Vancouver, who lost control of her speeding 2006 Mazda MX6 four-door sedan on Highway 99 near Northeast 72nd Street on Nov. 27. The car then hit a post, which tore it in half, killing Morrison, said traffic homicide Detective James Payne.

Reilly family spokesman Aaron Hahn said his cousin was having surgery Friday to repair his pelvis.

“This is one of the bigger surgeries, perhaps the biggest,” Hahn said.

He said Reilly is hanging in there. He was off a ventilator for a while but was expected to be put back on it after the surgery to help his recovery, Hahn said.

Anyone wanting to help Reilly’s family pay for medical bills can donate to the Fund for Joseph M. Reilly at any TwinStar Credit Union branch.