College student dies in one-car collision with sea wall

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An 18-year-old male died early Wednesday morning after his vehicle crashed at high speed into the Maple Beach sea wall at the corner of Roosevelt Way and Bay View Drive shortly before 9:30 the previous evening. Samuel (Sam) Morson of Shelton, Washington, was airlifted to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center where he subsequently passed away after being given last rites.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the cause was listed as unsafe speed and driving under the influence. The vehicle, a 2019 Tesla Model 3, was declared a total loss. The vehicle was heard braking hard momentarily before running almost head-on into the wall.

Morson had just returned to his family’s summer residence in Point Roberts after completing his first year at Thomas Aquinas College in California. He was the oldest son of Vince and Tracy Morson and grandson of Tena and Terry Colton. He was one of six children; an older sister, two brothers and two younger sisters.

Point Roberts fire and emergency medical personnel responded to the accident within minutes of the call and were assisted by the Delta fire department who deployed over the border with units coming from Tsawwassen and Ladner. The Washington State Patrol was also on scene.

A GoFund.me account (gofund.me/53d536e5) has been started to assist in funeral and other expenses.

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