In this April 10 photo, drivers head northbound on Highway 99, near the intersection of Evergreen Way and 112th Street where a motorcyclist was fatally struck by a motorist Friday. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

In this April 10 photo, drivers head northbound on Highway 99, near the intersection of Evergreen Way and 112th Street where a motorcyclist was fatally struck by a motorist Friday. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

Mountlake Terrace woman arrested in fatal Everett motorcycle crash

Desiree Morin is accused of hitting and killing a motorcyclist while high on methamphetamine. Bail was set at $50,000.

EVERETT — A Mountlake Terrace woman was arrested Friday after a crash that left a motorcyclist dead on Evergreen Way.

After 8 p.m. Friday, Desiree Morin was driving her Honda Accord near 112th Street and Evergreen Way, according to an Everett police officer’s report. Morin, 49, was driving south in the Accord in the middle turn lane when she tried to make a left turn into the BECU parking lot, police believe. She then drove into a motorcyclist going north.

The rider was ejected from his motorcycle. He later died at the hospital, according to police. He hadn’t been publicly identified as of Monday.

Initially, one of the Accord’s occupants reportedly told police he was the driver. Morin said she was the passenger. But officers disagreed, noting the driver’s seat was pulled up closer to the pedals and had a cushion, indicating the driver was small. Morin is 5-foot-3, according to the police report.

The passenger seat was further back, allowing for more legroom. The passenger is 5-foot-7-inches. He also had a shoulder injury from the crash that officers believed was consistent with a passenger’s injury. When an Everett officer challenged their story, the passenger and Morin acknowledged she was the driver, according to the officer’s report.

The officer noted Morin was “very jittery and high-energy,” leading him to believe she may be on drugs. One sobriety test asked her to estimate the passage of 30 seconds. On the first try, she took 42 seconds. On the second, less than 20 seconds, according to the officer.

“Desiree was unable to (appropriately estimate) the passage of time, both over estimating and underestimating time, which demonstrate a similar inability to estimate the time before oncoming vehicles would reach her,” the officer wrote in his report.

Morin later reportedly told police she had consumed methamphetamine early that morning under pressure from an ex-boyfriend.

Everett police arrested her for investigation of vehicular homicide. She was held at the Snohomish County Jail on Monday with bail set at $50,000.

That stretch of Evergreen Way is notorious for fatal crashes. Since November, four pedestrians have died after drivers struck them between the 9600 block and Center Road. Another died this month further north while walking past the Pecks Drive intersection.

The Everett City Council this month approved a resolution to lower speeds on Evergreen, including in the area where the motorcyclist was killed Friday.

Speed, however, was not mentioned as a factor in Friday’s fatal crash.

Jake Goldstein-Street: 425-339-3439; jake.goldstein-street@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @GoldsteinStreet.

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