Driver in fatal Hwy. 99 crash was heavily intoxicated, report says

Woman had appeared in court hours before crash on DUI, pot charges

By Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith



Toxicology reports reveal the driver who was killed in November’s fatal single-car crash in Hazel Dell was heavily intoxicated.

Annastasia Morrison, 20, had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.26, according to Det. Jim Payne with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. She also tested positive for metabolites of THC, which doesn’t necessarily mean she was impaired by the drug.

At 2:52 p.m. Nov. 27, Morrison’s dark gray Mazda was heading south on Highway 99 at approximately 75 mph. The car swerved across the street and struck a steel pole in the parking lot of My Daddy’s Automotive while traveling just under 60 mph.

She struck Joseph Reilly, 21, who was thrown across Northeast 72nd Street from the impact. Following the crash, he underwent several surgeries at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center to treat a brain contusion and crushed pelvis. He remained in the hospital’s intensive care unit until he was recently discharged, said Jill Hill, administrative manager for PeaceHealth.

His mother, Terrina Vough, said she has no hard feelings toward Morrison or her family.

Morrison’s Mazda 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 right onto Highway 99, where video surveillance from area businesses and a C-Tran bus showed the vehicle speeding down the highway.

Hours before the accident, at 8:30 a.m., Morrison appeared in Clark County District Court for a pretrial hearing regarding a DUI charge and possession of marijuana charge. According to Clark County court documents, when Deputy Rob Ternus pulled her over in Salmon Creek on Sept. 22, her blood alcohol concentration was 0.121.

She had an upcoming Jan. 28 court date for these two charges.