ALOHA, Ore. - The family of a young woman who died after a car crash where the driver fled is outraged and said the crash never should have happened.
Kalin Morris, 20, was pulled critically injured from a mangled Pontiac Grand Am on SW Gassner Road near Grabhorn Road early Saturday morning and later died at a hospital. The force of impact with a tree was so great it tore the car in half. No other vehicles were involved.
Washington County Sheriff's Deputies investigating the crash said the driver, 22-year-old Scott David Harris, left the scene of the crash was found later walking and injured on SW 209th Avenue. He now faces felony hit-and-run, DUII and manslaughter charges.
Morris’ family members said her relationship with Harris had started fairly recently. He claims he cared for her and was going for help after the crash. He also said he did not remember the crash taking place. He had minor injuries.
Jessica Miller, Morris' cousin, expressed doubt over Harris’ actions.
“It is known in the police report that he was a drunk driver. And many people know that you're raised not to do that,” Miller said. “So we just want justice brought for our family.”
“She loved Ducks football, playing basketball for Banks High School. Loved the outdoors. Was an avid and very talented artist,” Miller said.
Morris also worked with people suffering from Alzheimer’s. “She was willing to go the extra mile any time of the day. She would sit and do art work with them. She was just very compassionate,” Katie Horesky said. "The whole facility is just sadden by her being gone. Not being able to hear her laugh and see her smile."
“Taking a cab is much, much cheaper than losing a friend and a family member,” Miller said. “This has now destroyed two families. It's really hard to lose somebody that young for something that could have been prevented so easily.”
Deputies ask anyone with information on Harris’ location before the crash to call Corporal Nick Markos at 503-846-2700.