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Woman in fatal Seaside drunken-driving crash sentenced

Barnett gets more than 13 years in prison
By Jack Heffernan

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 30, 2018 12:34PM

Corrissa Barnett was charged with manslaughter after a fatal drunken-driving crash in Seaside last September.

Corrissa Barnett was charged with manslaughter after a fatal drunken-driving crash in Seaside last September.

Corrissa Barnett

Corrissa Barnett

A woman who crashed an SUV into a Seaside bus stop shelter while drunk last year, killing one man and critically injuring another, pleaded guilty Thursday to several crimes and was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison.

One night in September, Corrissa Barnett had been drinking heavily while she was with Casey Fulmer, a longtime friend, and some children at Fulmer’s house. Later in the night, she indicated she wanted to leave the house and take her teenage daughter with her.

When Fulmer tried to prevent her from leaving, Barnett started a fight in which she punched and choked her. Barnett was able to start a black 1999 Dodge Durango and drive away as Fulmer dialed 911.

Seaside police responded to the area, located the Durango — driving at high speed with the headlights off — and attempted to make a traffic stop. Barnett, however, continued driving, partially collided with a police car and injured Officer Elise Parkman.

She kept driving and turned northbound onto Roosevelt Drive. The car jumped a sidewalk outside of McDonald’s restaurant, struck a concrete light pole and slammed into a bus stop shelter occupied by two men.

Robert Miles, 42, of Hammond, died, while the other man, Abdirisak Mohamed, 41, of Longview, Washington, was critically injured.

When officers arrived, the street was littered with shattered glass from the damaged bus stop and blood from the two victims. Officers spotted Barnett running toward a bush, where she hid and was soon arrested.

Barnett was taken to the hospital, where her blood alcohol content was more than four times the legal limit for driving, Deputy District Attorney Dawn Buzzard said. She admitted to being the driver and drinking prior to the crash and was taken to the Clatsop County Jail.

Barnett pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree manslaughter, three assault counts and driving under the influence of intoxicants as part of a deal with the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office. She originally faced charges of strangulation, two additional assault counts and three counts of felony failure to perform the duties of a driver. If convicted on all the charges in the indictment, she would have faced at least 16 years in prison.

Barnett was ordered to pay nearly $5,400 in restitution for funeral expenses and medical bills.


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