- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The city of Portland and Clackamas County have agreed to pay $9.3 million to the family of a brain-damaged woman injured in a crash involving a meth-addled driver.

Cayla Wilson was 19 and five months’ pregnant at the time of the April 15, 2010, crash. Her daughter was born three months early. Wilson’s family sued, contending the driver’s Clackamas County probation officer and a Portland police officer who encountered him hours before the crash should not have allowed him to roam free.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/jjrIp1) the settlement came late Wednesday after closing arguments ended in the trial of the family’s lawsuit.

The money will go to care for Wilson, who remains bedridden and can’t talk. It will also be used for her now-3-year-old daughter.

Jack Dean Whiteaker was sentenced in March 2012 to 11 years in prison for driving while under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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