A Seaside woman is facing manslaughter and several other felony charges in connection with a fatal crash Saturday night in which an SUV hit a bus stop shelter.
Corrissa Barnett, 38, was arraigned in Circuit Court Monday afternoon on charges of first-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, strangulation, two counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Officials also publicly identified two victims of the crash. Robert Miles, 42, of Hammond, died at the scene. Abdirisak Mohamed, 41, of Longview, Washington, was critically injured. Mohamed is being treated at a Portland hospital.
Prior to the crash, Seaside Police responded to a report of a female being assaulted at a residence. Barnett allegedly assaulted the woman in front of her child as well as Barnett’s child, leading to the strangulation charge.
As police responded, they spotted a 1999 Dodge Durango believed to be connected to the disturbance and attempted to intercept it. The Durango then collided with the police car and was able to speed off.
Minutes later, police came upon the accident scene — littered with shattered glass from the damaged bus stop and blood from the two victims — outside of McDonald’s restaurant after 9 p.m. They detained Barnett as she was allegedly walking away from the crash.
An investigation revealed the driver of the Durango, described as a female by witnesses, was driving northbound on U.S. Highway 101. The driver then led the SUV onto the sidewalk, struck a concrete light pole and slammed into a bus stop shelter occupied by the two men.
Barnett admitted to being the driver and drinking prior to the crash, according to an affidavit.
Circuit Court Judge Paula Brownhill has set Barnett’s bail at $500,000. She is scheduled to appear in court again next week. If convicted on all charges, she faces a minimum of 16 years in prison.
Barnett’s father is former Seaside Police Lt. Steve Barnett, who unsuccessfully ran for county sheriff in 2012 and retired last year. Barnett, a veteran police officer, had filed a federal lawsuit against District Attorney Josh Marquis claiming his free speech and due process rights were violated when Marquis refused to use Barnett as a witness in prosecutions because of concerns about the officer’s credibility. A federal appeals court ruled last year that Marquis had absolute immunity from the lawsuit.