Mother of Highway 193 crash victim pleads for safer Cool-Georgetown road

22-year-old Marissa Forster remembered as sweet, honest, humorous
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - A woman whose body was found days after her car went off Highway 193 in Cool and crashed down an embankment was remembered Wednesday as a sweet, honest and humor-filled 22-year-old who died too soon. Georgetown resident Marissa Nicole Forster was last heard from a week before being found inside her car on Friday, her mother, Tara Ott said. “She was so sweet,” Ott said. “When she said something, it went straight to that part of your heart.” Choked with emotion after learning from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday that her daughter had died in an apparent car crash, Ott recalled a young woman now gone who was able to find humor in most situations. Ott said that Forster had struggled through life in some ways. She attended Granite Bay High School while living in Granite Bay, Roseville and the Rocklin area. She had been on her own since she was 15, Ott said. “But she was a survivor and funny as heck,” she said. The California Highway Patrol was piecing together the circumstances leading to Forster’s death. Officer Dan Stark of the Highway Patrol’s Placerville office said Wednesday that the chief impediment in determining exactly what happened was a lack of a witness to the crash. Midday Friday, a passerby noticed tire tracks leading off Highway 193, west of Lou Allen Lane. The crash site is about six miles east of the Highway 193 intersection with Highway 49 at Cool. The car was found on its roof about 30 yards from the road, authorities said. Stark said Forster was found, with her seatbelt fastened, in the driver’s seat of her Toyota Echo. The car had left the road and rolled down an embankment, he said. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office released information on Forster’s identity Wednesday. Locating relatives was hampered because Forster was found with no identification information, Stark said. The coroner’s office said Forster died of “massive and immediate head trauma.” Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Becker said that Forster hadn’t been seen for a week before Friday and the family had filed no missing persons report. Ott said she had called her daughter several times on the phone but hadn’t received an answer. Now she’s hoping that Forster’s death will not be in vain – either by spurring the construction of more guardrails and better lighting on Highway 193 or encouraging people to pull off the road if they get drowsy. Ott said that she thinks Forster fell asleep behind the wheel and went off the road. Stark said that the California Highway Patrol in Placerville is seeking help from anyone with information on the crash to call (530) 622-1110. “She didn’t say much but there has to be a message,” Ott said. “If you feel like you’re tired, pull over. I know it’s been said a million times. She was only 22.”