Woman Who Drove Wrong Way on Bay Bridge in Stolen Cab Found Guilty on All Counts

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January 26, 2017

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WOMAN WHO DROVE WRONG WAY ON BAY BRIDGE IN STOLEN CAB FOUND GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced that a jury found Kerrie Morgan, age 34, guilty on all counts.  Morgan was found guilty on three felonies for driving under the influence causing great bodily injury, unlawful taking of a vehicle, hit and run causing serious or permanent injury, and two misdemeanors for being under the influence of a controlled substance and being an unlicensed driver.

“The level of recklessness that was exhibited by this individual is shocking,” said District Attorney George Gascón.  “Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle when you’re under the influence has consequences that often cannot be undone.  My heart goes out to the victims and their families for all they’ve endured.”

According to court records, Defendant Morgan stole a Lincoln Town Car taxi and drove through the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge toll plaza, entering East Bound I-80.  She was travelling in the opposite direction of traffic.  Morgan then drove up the decline of the Bay Bridge on the shoulder.  She left the shoulder under the central tower and entered the number one lane, directly into the path of a Nissan Versa that was occupied by the two victims.  Both victims were injured in the head-on collision, but one was pinned by the force of the crash and had to be extracted using the Jaws of Life.  

The defendant left the scene of the crash on foot and continued toward San Francisco.  She was apprehended by California Highway Patrol Officers while still on the Bay Bridge.  At the time of the offense she was under the influence of methamphetamine and did not hold a valid California driver’s license. 

A date for sentencing has not yet been scheduled.  The Honorable Loretta M. Giorgi presided.  Special thanks go to Paralegal Andrew Ong, Victim Advocates Giles Feinberg and Marilyn McMullen of MADD.  Assistant District Attorney Ryan Kao prosecuted the case. 

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