Defense Verdict in Intersection Crash Case

Lacey v. Hofer, Multnomah County Case No. 14CV11460

Plaintiff Lacey was travelling westbound on SE Powell Boulevard when she came to the intersection of Powell and SE 10th.  She intended to take a left turn.  She claimed that traffic was backed up in the eastbound direction which left her a gap to make a left turn across the oncoming traffic lanes.  She alleged that Defendant Hofer was in the eastbound lane stopped behind the vehicles that were creating a gap at the intersection. As Lacey started her left turn Defendant Hofer, who was travelling eastbound, tried to pass around the eastbound cars on the right shoulder.  Hofer’s car struck Lacey’s on the passenger side.  Lacey claimed that Hofer was negligent for speeding and passing on the right shoulder.  She claimed injuries to the soft tissue of her neck and back.  She sought $79,463.72 for past and future medical care as well as $87,350.00 in non-economic damages.

Hofer claimed that she had the right of way when Lacey turned directly in front of her causing the crash.  She denied passing on the right shoulder of the road.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Wade Bowyer

Defense Counsel – Gretchen Mandekor

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – February 2, 2016

February 5, 2016

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