C-Tran releases video footage of car before fatal crash

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Updated: November 29, 2012, 8:12 PM

 

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Victims identified in fatal Highway 99 crash

C-Tran authorities Thursday released video footage that shows a car driven by Annastasia Morrison, 20, speeding down Highway 99 just prior to Tuesday afternoon’s fatal single-car crash.

Morrison’s Mazda MX6 was first spotted driving recklessly on Interstate 5 southbound at Northeast 99th Street before the accident, according to calls received by 911 dispatchers. She took the 78th Street exit and turned onto Highway 99 southbound. The front-facing video camera on a C-Tran bus captured the car as it sped past.

At 2:52 p.m., the Mazda veered to avoid a car in the lane ahead of it and went out of control, crossing the northbound lanes at Northeast 72nd Street, hitting a pole in the parking lot of My Daddy’s Automotive at 72nd Street and striking pedestrian Joseph Reilly, 21. He remains in critical condition at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Reilly’s girlfriend, Lexa Foster, created a Facebook page titled “Love and Support for Joseph Reilly.”

Morrison, who died at the scene, was driving with a suspended license, said Clark County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Fred Neiman.

The sheriff’s office Traffic Homicide Unit continues to investigate.