Freak Accident in Portland – Woman nearly loses legs

A man crashed into two parked cars in North Portland and nearly severed a woman’s legs on Saturday, October 27th, 2007. The auto accident caused the woman to be pinned between both vehicles, and as a result, her legs were crushed.

According to, the accident occurred just before 5:30pm in the 7700 block of North Chautauqua Boulevard in North Portland. The 47 year old woman was standing between two parked cars when a pickup truck hit the car behind her. The woman was sandwiched between the two vehicles.

The police believe the 25 year old driver of the pick up may have been high on drugs when he swerved off the road and hit the parked cars. Both the driver and the pedestrian were taken via ambulance to the Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland.

Sgt Brian Schmautz, with the Portland Police Bureau, stated that investigators believe that at the time of the car accident, the driver was under the influence of a controlled substance or prescription medication. He also said that the driver has been charged with one count of Assault in the Second Degree, one count of DUI, and one count of Reckless Driving. “Excessive speed is also a factor in the collision,” he added.

Driving under the influence of drugs, whether illegal or prescription, or alcohol is extremely dangerous. If you or someone you know has been the victim of an accident such as this, please contact the personal injury attorneys at Bernard Law Group, .

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