Canby minor woman charged with manslaughter, DUII in fatal crash Thursday night
A Canby minor woman has been charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence of intoxicants after a fatal crash on Thursday night near Canby that killed two people.
Vasilissa Kuzmin, 20, was reportedly traveling northbound on South Barlow Road in a Lexus G47 around 10:03 p.m. Thursday night when her vehicle collided head-on with another vehicle near the intersection of South Barnards Road. The victim vehicle caught fire, and despite bystanders that took action trying to free the driver and passenger from the burning vehicle, both occupants perished inside, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. As of 5:22 p.m. on Friday, authorities are working to identify the victims.
Deputies from CCSO and Canby Fire Department arrived at the scene shortly after and interviewed witnesses and Kuzmin. She was transported by Canby Fire to Oregon Health and Science University for treatment of injuries suffered during the crash. During the treatment, Kuzmin's blood was drawn and tested for alcohol content, and OHSU staff reported her blood had an alcohol content of 0.21 percent. A motorist will fail a DUII field test if their blood alcohol content reading is 0.08 percent or higher.
CCSO detectives and the Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team responded to the crash scene and investigated the roadway evidence and suspect vehicle. The investigation's preliminary results suggested that the Lexus crossed the white fog line as it was traveling northbound along South Barlow Road, left the road onto the gravel and dirt shoulder. After traveling about 200 feet, the report continued, the vehicle then overcorrected back onto the roadway, crossed back over the center line and struck the victim vehicle head-on.
Kuzmin was booked into Clackamas County Jail on charges that include second-degree manslaughter and DUII. Her bail is set at $250,000. Though the police report does not indicate where Kuzmin resides, her public Facebook profile shows that she lives in Canby.
The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information and ask that anyone with information on Kuzmin or her activities leading up to the Feb. 15 crash contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form. Reference CCSO Case number 18-4606.
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