Young man killed in one-car collision

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An investigation into a fatal car accident on June 1 will not be concluded for a few months, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Rocky Oliphant.

“Normal toxicology reports take several months to get results,” Oliphant wrote in an email to the All Point Bulletin.

“The primary Trooper for the collision has a lot of forms and paperwork to gather and fill out. Normally, it takes months to complete but every case is different, this may take a little longer if they’re working on getting info from Tesla.” As there are no criminal charges involved, the WSP can only request information from Tesla, not demand it.

Samuel (Sam) Morson, 18, of Shelton, Washington, died early Wednesday, June 2 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. Morson was airlifted to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center where he passed away after receiving 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 memorial service was held June 11.

A GoFund.me account that was started to assist in funeral and other expenses raised $31,983 before being suspended by the organizer.

The accident was the first fatal accident in Point Roberts since one that occurred in 1972 at the corner of APA and Boundary Bay roads.

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