Two pedestrians seriously injured when two suspected drunk drivers collide in Portland

In a horrifying pedestrian accident, two pedestrians have been seriously injured, one losing her leg, after two suspected DUII drivers collided with each other on MLK Boulevard in Portland, Oregon and crashed into a sidewalk full of pedestrians.

Injured in the pedestrian accident was Laure Rasmussen, 27, lost a leg and sustained serious injuries in her other leg. She is in serious condition at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. The other person injured is Austin Putnam, 37, who is listed in fair condition at OHSU Hospital with injuries to both of his legs.

The accident occurred when a Zoe T. Hoeltzel, 30, turned her Volvo onto MLK Boulevard in front of a Dodge Charger driven by Lee Percy Brown, 21. The Charger crashed into the Volvo and pushed it into a crowd of pedestrians.

Brown is charged with DUII, one count of reckless driving, one count of assault in the third degree and one count of assault in the fourth degree.

Hoeltzel is charged with DUII, one count of vehicle assault of a pedestrian, one count of assault in the third degree and one count of assault in fourth degree.

In Oregon, a DUII charge is for “Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants” and it is a Class A misdemeanor or a Class C felony. Punishment can be up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $6,250.

In Washington State, approximately 45% of all traffic related fatalities in 2007 were alcohol-related. Drunken driving and driving while intoxicated leaves victims seriously injured and victims deserve compensation for their injuries including pain and suffering.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to a drunken driver, you need to contact a personal injury law firm who will work to insure your rights are protected. At The Farber law Group, we have more than 40 years representing victims with serious injuries.

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