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Answers in deadly Marysville crash still scattered

Conflicting witness statements, a massive debris pattern and heavy traffic at the crash scene are slowing the investigation into Tuesday's collision in Marysville that claimed the life of a 24-year-old Olivehurst mother.

Police said on Thursday it could be at least a week before they are ready to release the details behind the deadly car wreck.

"We'll be working diligently through the weekend to get this solved as soon as possible," Marysville police Sgt. Chris Sachs said.

Terany Vessey, 24, was walking with her fiancé, Justin O'Neal, Tuesday at 8:40 p.m. when she was killed during the two-car collision at 10th and F streets.

Results of an autopsy performed Thursday were not available.

O'Neal received medical treatment Tuesday, but was released the same night.

Three others were hospitalized and parts of Marysville lost power after one of the vehicles smashed into a utility pole, searing the pole in half.

Detectives have been plowing through piles of potential evidence and the investigation has been slowed by the fact that many eyewitnesses have given conflicting statements, officials said.

"It's a big investigation and takes time to put it all together and reconstruct exactly what occurred," Sachs explained.

The site of the crash happens to be one of the most heavily traveled intersections in Marysville, which is why police shut down traffic for more than eight hours following the crash. "It would be an issue for us, if we have to return to the scene to gather more information," Sachs acknowledged. "We would work with Caltrans and only shut it down at night during a low traffic density period."

Sachs, who is one of the lead investigators in the case, said officers made dozens of meticulous measurements Tuesday night, pinpointing distances between points of impact, as well as the size of the debris pattern.

Approximate vehicle speeds must be calculated and multiple potential witnesses still need to be interviewed and, in some cases, re-interviewed, then matched with evidence.

Officers must also review footage from red-light traffic cameras in the area, which may or may not yield anything useful for investigators, Sachs said.

Additionally, police have not ruled out the possibility that drugs or alcohol may have been factors in the crash. Multiple toxicology test results are pending and could take more than two months to process, police said.

Martin Fisher of Olivehurst was identified as the driver of a 2003 Kia Rio that was broadsided during the wreck. Fisher, 51, was taken by air ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center where he was listed in "serious" condition on Thursday night.

The driver of a 2007 Jeep Commander was identified as Aaron Furr, 21, of Marysville. Furr and his 16-year-old brother were treated and released at Rideout Memorial Hospital the same night. The teenager's identity has not been released.

Vessey's family was still making funeral arrangements Thursday and said no dates had been finalized. The family is also working to establish a fund for Vessey's 3-year-old daughter.

CONTACT Rob Parsons at rparsons@appealdemocrat.com or 749-4785. Find him on Facebook at /ADcrimebeat or on Twitter at @ADcrimebeat.


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