[Updated: 8:31am, 2:13pm, Monday 10:13am) – Please see end of story for updates.]
(PPB booking photo)
The Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team was called to the scene of a serious injury hit-and-run that occurred at 2:44 am this morning (Saturday, 5/10) at the 6900 block of NE Fremont St. (just north of Sandy Blvd).
According to the PPB, officers have determined that 30 year-old Jeremy Jordan entered a nearby Safeway to buy some beer. When employees refused, he reportedly attempted to steal the beer.
Jordon then ran to his car and began to drive out of the parking lot “at a high rate of speed”.
The PPB then reports that, “As the suspect reached the exit to Northeast Fremont and began to turn westbound, the suspect hit a 36-year-old bicyclist [who has now been identified as Eric Davidson] who was riding eastbound on Northeast Fremont Street. The suspect fled the area.”
Davidson sustained severe injuries in the collision and is currently at Emanuel Hospital.
UPDATE (Saturday, 5/10, 2:13pm): An arrest has been made. Here’s the latest information from the Police Bureau:
- Investigators from the Traffic Division Major Crash Team have arrested 30-year-old Jeremy Jordan on one count each of Assault in the Second Degree, DUII, Reckless Driving and Felony Hit and Run.
The victim, 36-year-old, Eric Davidson was transported to Emanuel Hospital with life threatening injuries.
Sylvia McDaniel, a PR person for Legacy Hospital confirmed that Davidson is in critical condition. She would not release any further information.
UPDATE (Monday, 5/12, 10:15am):
Here’s an updated report on Eric Davidson’s condition and how he needs our help (as left in a comment by a friend):
“…as of yesterday he had not regained consciousness and has brain swelling–the main concern right now. His extensive injuries include head, back, kidney and knee. They do not know yet if there is brain or spinal damage yet, and are in a wait-and-see mode. Please send your best energy toward his recovery. He will certainly be hospitalized for many months.
…A website has just be set up for information and assistance for Anna-Carin. Anyone can sign up there and we will be adding information and help-needed requests and we determine them.
Eric and Anna-Carin were in the process of adding a second bathroom themselves in order to more quickly sell their house, so at this point I can guess building assistance in finishing up the bathroom, and afterward general yardwork etc. to maintain the property for sale would be helpful (they were planning to stay local but need to move).
I’m also thinking that any professional advice on how to proceed medically, financially and legally would be gratefully appreciated. There seems to be a good knowledge base here. You are welcome to contact me through the site and I will get you to Anna-Carin.
I will be conferring with her soon to find out how to best help her. Thank you all again for your words of support.”
let us know when you find out more…
2:44 AM on a Friday night? I\’m guessing alcohol was involved one way or another.
even worse news with the update. thanks for keeping us informed.
I hope the cyclist gets better soon and did not sustain any permanent injuries.
I hope Safeway had video cameras pointed out into the parking lot to obtain his license plate. Or maybe when he tried to buy beer he showed his ID.
I hope he is hung from a telephone pole and left to rot.
Is that bike victim response system working yet? This was going to be built by friends of Bret.
I will give paypal cash today to anyone trying to get things off the ground for the bike victim. Jonathan, can you start this fund with your website? What this victim needs is cash to hire a lawyer and private PI to help the Police who \”may not have time\” to work as hard as they should on this case. If I was the victim I would want a lawyer and PI working ASAP for me and my suffering family.
We also need to attack any reporter who dares to blame the victim here or mentions \”no helmet\”.
pissed off and ready for teamwork.. Joe
Joe – Do not forget the idiotic line of questioning, \”What was the cyclist doing on the road at 2:44 am?\” I believe cyclists should wear lights, helmets, etc., but the media jumps on the slightest \’wrong\’ done by the cyclist, while they\’ll blatantly ignore the heinous actions of the driver.
I think hit-and-run penalties should be worse when a vulnerable roadway user is involved. (Thanks to Ray Thomas and the BTA for getting our foot in the legislative door with that concept!)
Mandatory revocation of your motor vehicle license seems like an obvious consequence….
That Safeway DOES have security cameras, so that\’s a good step to finding the guy.
I do think that when injuries are caused in the course of committing a crime (attempted theft of beer), the crime and penalties move up.
I think it becomes aggravated assault instead of negligent. Something like that.
a.O. can you shed some light on this?
wow Glad they caught the guy, I\’m not in
Portland, but work grave shift so i see
alot in Wilsonville at night, like last Sunday at 2am while on the road. Drunk
driver passed me, reason i know is he almost t-bone me, look like a deer in the
headlights, all to get into 7-11.
I need to get the local law inforcement
protecting people in this City also, its
getting worse here. The local cops do nothing for peds/cyclist here.
I sure hope the cyclist is ok and is able to return to riding again if he wishes, hang in there. Get Well!
Side Note: Ive seen quite a few people coming threw on I-5 on bikes.. 🙂
Please Share The Road and lets all get along. I Teaching my girls the law of the road, kinda hard these days!
Be Safe All,
^ What do you mean, people are riding on I-5 on their bikes?!
You have got to be kidding.
yes on I-5, you have to understand some spots out this way don\’t connect well..
why would i kid?
zilfondel – i-5 in spots is the only way to get from point to point – in most cases regarding getting across i-5 without going a LONG way out of your way requires using i-5 itself. its not too bad, ive done it myself multiple times (though a non-freeway route would be infinitely preferable) – its legal (and *relatively* safe – the shoulder is really quite wide) to ride on i-5 through most of its length in oregon.
regarding this hit-and-run, its awesome to see this guy picked up so quickly – hopefully he gets some serious penalty for it – and heres hoping the victim gets out of critical condition soon, and on the road to healing and recovery.
Yes. I-5. To cross the Willamette River on the Boone Bridge. I\’ve done it several times. It is loud, and the shoulder is full of junk, but I\’ve ridden in scarier places. Heading north, you can hop off before the off-ramp, right where the guardrail ends and the shrubbery stops.
I\’m going to have to check the statutes here in a bit, but Second Degree Assault seems kind of light for life-threatening injuries. Especially in cases where someone is intoxicated, hit-and-runs, or intentionally using a vehicle as a weapon, the penalties should be higher.
Is there a typo in the suspect\’s name? \”Jeremy Jordon\” doesn\’t yield many hits, but \”Jeremy Jordan\” (with an \”a\” on the end) does.
Assault 2 (ORS 163.175) is usually charged whenever an intoxicated person uses a vehicle to cause what the law describes as \”serious physical injury.\” The crime only requires the District Attorney show that the person was acting recklessly, instead of intentionally. In this scenario, it is likely that the idiot who left the Safeway parking lot had no intent to hit the cyclist. It is more likely he was driving in a reckless manner that resulted in the injury. Assault 2 is a \”Measure 11\” offense, and would bring a possible 70 month prison term.
I\’ve noticed a lot more people driving poorly in the evening. If I super far away from home and it\’s late (after beer:30) I\’ve taken to staying at friends houses. I just start thinking about how many ghost bikes and collision sites I have to pass on the way home. Hopefully this is the last I hear about something like this for a while.
I wish Eric a speedy recovery.
Please do Note: If your on I-5 and I say if
be super careful on the off ramp area. people just drive way over thier skillsets
and dont yeild correcly EVER!!
People should feel safe on the roads regardless of the time.
Harsher laws are needed for all hit and runs!! ALL.. car vs car, but car vs human. gee give us a break please.
Where did the idea that the hit and run occurred on or near I-5 come from?
It occurred on 69th and Freemont; 3 blocks from my house. See the link that Johanathon provided for the map of the spot.
My wife heard the sirens last night while feeding our infant. We talked about the accident this morning; I ride that way every day to and from work. Good thing I\’m not a late-night rider; it could have been me…
I would like to point out, again, that this area of town is very dangerous for cyclists. The intersection at 72nd and Freemont as well as the five blocks of Freemont from 67th to 72nd are especially bad. This is in part due to very poor road design, lack of proper signage (for pedestrians and cyclists especially, but have you ever had to turn left off of sandy onto 72nd while heading east in a car?). If ever in the area; try crossing the street at the pedestrian walk signal from Freemont at 72nd south across Sandy Blvd. Even with the walk signal it is dangerous; you have all of 3 seconds before cars begin to bear down on you. This is by far the worst intersection I\’ve encountered in the City limits.
I doubt that any road design changes would have prevented this particular felony. The perp sounds like the type of lowlife we often see squealing their tires at the light on 72nd and Sandy Ave. However, I am sure that this area will see and has seen plenty of accidents that could have been prevented with intelligent roadway design that allows all users to move from point A to B in safety.
My wife and I have been calling the City about these problems repeatedly. We are always told the same thing by the City. It seems that the City does not have the funds for the \”outlying areas\” such as these. It is really too bad that Sam\’s \”Safe and Sound Streets\” initiative is practically dead. Our city could use the cash for projects such as these.
Does anybody know how to get access to traffic accident statistics for this particular area? This information would be very useful for helping make the case to the City to improve the area…
Correction: His last name is Jordan, not Jordon:
[This comment has been deleted. It contained a link to the website of the business of someone with the same name as the suspect in this case. — Jonathan Maus, Editor]
hickeymad (#20) – no one got that idea. \”Joe\” changed the topic of the posts to that in post #11 when he noted that people ride on the I-5 shoulder in WIlsonville.
I\’ve taken that route a few times, too – the Boone bridge is loud, and the the shoulder is full of crap, but it\’s only one mile from the Wilsonville ramp to the Butteville ramp, and it\’s a helluva lot more level than the three alternates: Oregon City, Newburg, and the Canby Ferry.
Hey all, but more specifically, Robert Dubbs… I\’m an avid commuter cyclist in Boulder, CO by way of Portland and the perp is my cousin, not proud, but he is not a \”mortgage weasel\” (not even the same guy)… he is a human making awful choices and hopefully able to learn from them in the lessons we are all here to learn. Very unfortunate… very.
My warmest wishes to both humans and their families. I\’m happy Jeremy\’s daughter isn\’t old enough to know what\’s going on and I\’m sure that we are all getting what\’s coming to us, Jeremy included, we can do our part to lesson our impact on the world and be grateful for every moment we are able to pedal our bikes and reflect on our thoughts and actions in this world. I appreciate this website very much, your opinions and Portland beyond my ability to articulate.
oops, my bad…
There are some interesting, and some ugly comments at the Portland Tribune site: http://portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=121043081754647900
Does anyone know if Mr. Davidson has a family? I mean, was this a single person, or is there a partner and some chillins\’ at home? I\’m horribly out of the loop on the volunteer front. Stuff like this happens and there is still trash to be taken out, my poor metaphor for, \”Life goes on.\”. If there are those who are dependent upon Mr. Davidson, where would a penniless weirdo like me go to offer up my labor? Perhaps if the, \”cycling community\”, were to come together and offer up some sort of aid to folks like Mr. Davidson the focus of these incidents could be shifted from knee-jerk judgments to the, \”cycling community\”, helps their own.
If I could just call a telephone number, schedule my hour or two, and show up to support a fallen rider and their family, that would sure be kool. Is there a, \”center\”, yet for this sort of thing? Has the BTA got too much on their plate to field some calls? Need a volunteer organizer? I mean, what an opportunity to draw this cycling community together. If one of us, Store-brand-biker and the dedicated alike, goes down, the clear message should be that the cycling community has your back.
Oh, and, \”Innocent until proven guilty\”, and: Turn your anger with Mr. Jordan into something positive by trying to support Mr. Davidson and his family. It may seem like no big deal to some, but 70 months in one of America\’s fine penal institutions is no walk in the park. I, for one, will rest assured that if found guilty, Mr. Jordan will be coming to deeply regret his mistake.
First and foremost. I pray that Eric makes it, and has a full and healthy recovery. Obviously it is not his fault.
The accused is not a bad person. He had no intentions of hurting anybody. He is a very intelligent, loving, and caring committed father.
I pray that the best outcome will result for the both of them.
Oh my, #29. Yes, everyone makes mistakes, and we often cannot predict the outcome. But there is something to be said for not putting yourself in a situation where an accident like this is extremely likely. A bad vs. good person is a silly debate.
The perpetrator would maybe start to get a little sympathy or understanding by apologizing, admitting fault, and presenting a long list of what he intends to do to help both the victim, and the community in general, for what he has caused.
Forgive me for jumping in!
You asked about what happens when an injury occurs while committing a crime, particularly related to the crime of THEFT. Injuries are usually associated with the use of physical force, and when physical force or the threat of physical force is used in the process of committing the crime of THEFT, that can turn the crime into a ROBBERY.
This is the difference between stealing a bicycle from someone\’s front porch in the middle of the night and pushing someone off of their bike and taking it, or pickpocketing someone\’s wallet from a purse vs. demanding the wallet at gunpoint.
There are different degrees of ROBBERY that are distinguished by various factors such as the type of weapon, if any, used, the number of people involved, or the severity of injury caused. (I\’ve copied the text of the statutes below.) All robberies are felonies in Oregon.
The crime of ASSAULT also has different levels depending on weapons used, the mental state of the suspect (intentional, reckless, negligent, etc.), the severity of the injury caused, the number of suspects working together and the status of the victim.
The ASSAULT statute is too long to copy in this comment, but here is a link (you will have to scroll down to where they start at ORS 163.160):
Often in pretty serious cases like this one, a Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney, who will ultimately be the one prosecuting the crimes, comes to the scene to work directly with the officers as they investigate and sort through evidence.
Sometimes there is good evidence and it is pretty clear pretty quickly what happened. This allows officers and the DDA to figure out what crimes they would like to charge pretty fast. And if the evidence leads quickly to a suspect, arrests can be made and charges issued quite quickly. (That appears to be what happened today.) Though things can change later, such as severity of injuries of the victim, or additional evidence might be discovered, leading to additional charges (as what recently happened regarding the Clinton Street incident last summer) or charges being dropped.
There is no overarching rule that if injuries are inflicted while committing a crime that it increases the penalty, however, that is generally the way some criminal statutes are written, and at the very least, an injury to the victim usually means that you can at least add HARASSMENT or some ASSAULT charge to the list.
164.395 Robbery in the third degree. (1) A person commits the crime of robbery in the third degree if in the course of committing or attempting to commit theft or unauthorized use of a vehicle as defined in ORS 164.135 the person uses or threatens the immediate use of physical force upon another person with the intent of:
(a) Preventing or overcoming resistance to the taking of the property or to retention thereof immediately after the taking; or
(b) Compelling the owner of such property or another person to deliver the property or to engage in other conduct which might aid in the commission of the theft or unauthorized use of a vehicle.
(2) Robbery in the third degree is a Class C felony. [1971 c.743 §148; 2003 c.357 §1]
164.405 Robbery in the second degree. (1) A person commits the crime of robbery in the second degree if the person violates ORS 164.395 and the person:
(a) Represents by word or conduct that the person is armed with what purports to be a dangerous or deadly weapon; or
(b) Is aided by another person actually present.
(2) Robbery in the second degree is a Class B felony. [1971 c.743 §149]
164.415 Robbery in the first degree. (1) A person commits the crime of robbery in the first degree if the person violates ORS 164.395 and the person:
(a) Is armed with a deadly weapon;
(b) Uses or attempts to use a dangerous weapon; or
(c) Causes or attempts to cause serious physical injury to any person.
(2) Robbery in the first degree is a Class A felony. [1971 c.743 §150; 2007 c.71 §51]
Robbery Link (they begin at ORS 164.395):
Assault Link (they begin at ORS163.160):
With all due respect, Other Side, when you make the choice to get behind the wheel of a car under the influence of drugs and alcohol, your \”intentions\” become completely irrelevant.
Furthermore, when you hit another human being and flee the scene without even so much a call to 911, your \”intentions\” change by default. If you don\’t make the call, you certainly intend harm towards them.
The irony is if this man hadn\’t been drinking and stayed at the scene, the worst thing that might have happened to him would be a traffic ticket and maybe an increase in his car insurance – even if Eric Davidson does not survive. When motorists drive drunk and flee the scene, they lose the special protections from the consequences of their actions that the law affords them. At least there are a few situations that force them to face justice for their choices…
To \”The Other Side\” –
I understand not wanting to make violent and upsetting judgements in a case like this and to try and see the situation with some empathy, but the fact is that this guy was out in the middle of the night, DRUNK, trying to get more beer to STAY drunk, and committed the first gigantic mistake trying to go against the law by committing theft. If he\’d just gone home at a reasonable hour, OR if he\’d listened to the Safeway clerks and just left without arguing or stealing beer, OR if he\’d even stolen the beer and perhaps looked to the left or the right while fleeing the parking lot – THEN maybe we\’d have some empathy for this loser. But nothing this guy did gives us any right to feel bad for him. Imagine if your dearest love was on the bike that night. It could have been me, it could have been any number of my friends or family. What if it was this guy\’s own daughter? It was someone\’s child , someone\’s loved one who got hit. Not everyone drunk-drives and hurts or kills someone, but anyone could have been in this guy\’s path and injured.
No sympathy for this fool. Rot in jail.
This guy certainly crippled and may very well have killed another person before its all over, just to support his self-centered gluttony and greed. Stealing beer from a Safeway at 2:30 AM because they wouldn\’t sell it to your drunk asz? What an a..hole!
I hope they take his daughter and several years of his life. This man isn\’t fit to raise a puppy much less another human.
Write the DA. Write the judge. It\’s Game Over for Mr. Jordan.
\”He is a very intelligent, loving, and caring committed father.\” The Other Side
Maybe you\’re in a better position than we are to get this person to consider how a person that tries to steal….beer…not food for his family….runs over another person with his car (why???) is a very intelligent, loving, and caring committed father. Somebody is fooling somebody here.
Eric Davidson, the cyclist, may be messed up for the rest of his life thanks to this guy out on a beer run.
The Other Side isn\’t excusing Jeremy\’s actions.
The greatest obstacle is to have compassion for both parties and that\’s what is needed. On a deeper level, people are inherently good. All humans are capable and do hurt other humans. No person posting on this is immune to this observation.
As opposed to judging something easy to judge look at your own actions. Death and bodily injury are very frightening and when something like this happens it can bring up a lot of fear/ anger.
No one, not even Jeremy, will say he doesn\’t deserve justice. The truth is that at the heart of everything, we are all innocent. It\’s hard to see that in ourselves and so we condemn others. Jeremy deserves compassion, and that isn\’t to say that discipline should not be in effect.
If we show ourselves compassion and forgive ourselves for what ultimately brings us all to where we are. This all serves a purpose and while it can be judged and condemned, we are all too human to see what the affects of this will have on the future or the good that will happen as a result.
There is far more to this situation than a drunk driver and a near death cyclist.
Intelligent, loving, and caring IS what intelligent, loving, and caring DOES.
What someone may be deep inside is frankly beside the point. It is what one does out in the world that matters.
Keep in mind also, that those responsible for the car wrecks that kill 44,000 people every year, almost without exception did not \”intend\” to hurt anyone.
But they did.
Excessive drinking. Excessive speed. Carelessness. Self-centeredness. A disregard for public safety in public space. Cars as expression for prowess.
They all kill.
My heart goes out to the families of both parties. And deep in my heart I suppose I do hope that Jeremy Jordan is able to make the best of a bad situation as he tries to atone for what he\’s done.
But regardless of whether ANYONE is a \”good\” person, or intelligent (how that elevates someone\’s status is a mystery to me), this is a situation where cold, impartial justice needs to come down.
Perhaps watching intelligent, loving, and caring Jeremy Jordan go to jail and miss watching his daughter in her earliest years might impact another intelligent, loving, and caring person and cause them to take a deep breath and reconsider their very bad choice BEFORE they hurt someone.
Part of justice is setting an example for others. That might be unfortunate for Jeremy but he made his choices.
I happen to know Jeremy personally, and it completely blows me away to hear this happened. Of course I worry for Davidson, and hope he recovers. But I do also wish to vouch for Jeremy. He truly is a good person. He\’s just made some serious mistakes in his life… we all do. I\’m certain he will see the appropriate consequences for his actions, and I hope it\’s enough to instill motivation for change on his part. As terrible as this all is, and as much as I wish this turned out differently, please try to remember you\’re not perfect either. I\’m sure everyone reading this has had at least one time where he or she did something stupid, while drunk or not. Jeremy was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and that seriously complicated things. You may have been more fortunate – good for you. But just remember: Everyone makes mistakes.
Excuse me Everyone Makes Mistakes,
Eric Davidson was the one in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Jeremy was exactly where he wanted to be, doing exactly what he wanted to do.
The perpetrator was \”in the wrong place at the wrong time\” !!!
WTF?? Do you hear yourself? The PLACE and the TIME were the source of this crime?
This kind of excuse is given by criminals as a testament of their lack of a conscience or normal social responsibility.
You know, \”Everyone Makes Mistakes\”, you\’re right.
Why just last weekend, while I was high on meth I clipped a kid on a skatebord while I was fleeing the 7-11 after stealing some cigarettes. I know it was wrong, but I sure am glad I didn\’t get caught like your pal Jeremy there!
I mean, c\’mon, let yea without sin cast the first stone. Amiright?
Ekhart Tolle –
\”The truth is that at the heart of everything, we are all innocent.\”
Save it for the choir.
Apparently you are not aware of the newest time/space continuum theory of criminality.
You see, what actually happens is that people are just innocently walking along and they fall victim to a fault in the 4th dimension of the victim/perpetrator dichotomy whereby they are carried along like a leaf in the wind to commit crimes.
Yes, obviously this is NO joking matter. I get that. But in the face of such tortured logic as offered by \”Everyone Makes Mistakes,\” my eyes roll high in my head and I am at a loss as to how to respond to such preposterous claims. Fantastical, as in fantasy, comes to mind.
EMM, you may know Jeremy as a nice guy, but I\’m quite sure that most people in jail right now could provide us with someone who would vouch for their \”niceness.\”
Please, spare us the attempts to salvage Jeremy\’s reputation.
Someone is in the hospital with a broken body.
Guess who has our sympathies?
Because drunk driver Jeremy Jordan has demonstrated that he\’s not prepared to conduct himself in a way that will not cause undue harm to others, society now has to take measures to protect people from him. Aside from the care and attention his victim, cyclist Eric Davidson is going to need to survive and recover as well as possible from his injuries, all else is secondary.
Those of you that think it\’s called for, offer drunk driver Jeremy Jordan all the compassion you believe he deserves, but please do not allow this to draw away from the more important concerns at hand.
I am completely disgusted by people attempting to defend the moral character of someone who left another human being for dead. Jeremy Jordan is a piece of sh*t who is being judged by his *ACTIONS* and who deserves to rot in prison before he rots in hell. Those of you apologizing for him are pathetic fools.
\” of the day, as i ride down a narrow road
I feel the engry,to knock me off the road \”
all i want to do is ride down the road!
While I agree that of course Mr Jordan didn\’t intend to hurt someone, he did, and this tragedy could have been averted if he had the basic respect for other human beings to not drive drunk, not drive when enraged, and if heaven forbid an accident does occur to do everything in your power to help those you have hurt.
This is the kind of nightmare scenario that we all fear the most, and it\’s the type of accident that keeps those who are considering biking from giving it a try. As responsible bikers, we all wear our helmets, flash our lights, wear highly visible clothes, and meticulously maintain our bikes to give us every possible advantage to be safe on the road…but in an instant some random drunk can smear us all over the pavement. It\’s just not right and Jeremy Jordan deserves every but of punishment that awaits him, and much much more.
jeremy jordan has problems. he may come off as a caring, loving and intelligent person with all the best intentions. as reported i find it incredible difficult that this was a temporary lapse in judgment. at 30 years someone as described above should be well past drinking enough to fly off the handle like he did. no i am afraid that mr jordan has simply fooled a few people in his life into thinking he is some kind of contributing member of society.
My main problem with feeling bad for Mr. Jordan is the hit and RUN charge. It would have been one thing to hit the man and stay to make sure someone can get help because they have been injured because of your actions. It is a different thing entirely to leave the scene.
If he turned himself in that would help my opinion of him. If he intended on not being caught I can\’t feel very bad for him. He could have saved himself some criminal charges if he had stayed.