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Reckless Driver Sought after Injuring Councilman and Wife


Accident investigators are searching for a driver whose reckless actions may have been a factor in a serious car accident that injured former Astoria city councilman Donald Morden and Anna Morden, his wife.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP), the Oregon car crash occurred on Highway 105, which is also referred to as the business section of Highway 101, on Tuesday afternoon, June 14, around 3:30 p.m. Morden was traveling north on the highway, driving a small Toyota pickup truck, when the driver of a Toyota Corolla suddenly pulled directly into the path of the pickup truck, causing Morden to have to come to an abrupt stop. Then, the truck was rear-ended and pushed into the median of the highway by a loaded log truck driven by Kenneth Ness, also of Astoria.

Both Morden and his wife had to be removed from the pickup truck by personnel from the Astoria Fire Department. Morden’s wife had to be taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center via helicopter and is reported to be in critical condition, while Morden was taken to the same hospital via ambulance and is listed in serious condition. Ness was uninjured in the collision.

Accident investigators report the Toyota Corolla is believed to be a newer model and dark gray in color. Anyone who has information regarding the car accident is asked to contact the Oregon State Police at 503-378-3720.

Anytime someone is injured as the result of another person’s negligence, it is important for the victim to remember that they have legal rights. While holding someone accountable for your injuries and accident-related losses may be the last thing on your mind, doing so can not only help ease your emotional and financial burdens, but can also save another person and their family from suffering the same pain you have endured. Contact the car accident lawyers in Portland at DuBois Law Group to learn more about your legal options. Call (503) 222-4411 today.