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Woman suffers serious injuries in collision with e-scooter rider

Posted by on December 11th, 2019 at 10:56 am

View northbound on 26th at Wasco. Scooter rider allegedly ran a stop sign on Wasco.

Candace Barboza’s injuries.
(Photo: Casey Taylor)

A Portland woman suffered facial fractures, a concussion, and other injuries after allegedly being hit by a man riding an electric scooter in the Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhood Monday night.

BikePortland reader Casey Taylor contacted us yesterday with the sad news about his partner, Candace Barboza. According to Taylor, Candace was riding home from her job as a bicycle courier and was headed northbound on NE 26th crossing NE Wasco when, “A guy on an electric scooter ran his stop sign causing Candace to hit her brakes and go over her bars.”

Candace’s face and shoulder took the brunt of the impact. Her knees and hands were also cut and bruised. After a trip to the hospital they found out she received fractures under her eyes (cheekbones) and in her nose, a broken tooth and a concussion (she was wearing a helmet).

Beyond his partner’s injuries, Casey says the big headache now is dealing with the administrative aftermath of insurance claims and bills. He’s set up a GoFundMe to help with expenses.

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Get well soon Candace!

As we shared after another scooter collision back in August, collisions like this fall into a legal and insurance grey area. Casey said he was advised to treat this like a motor vehicle collision and the claim was filed against the scooter riders’ insurance. “The catch is, he’s not even old enough to drive and has no insurance. His mom is trying to file a claim with her insurance but it is not likely that will work. My insurance should help but I am not sure how much.”

Given that Candace went to the hospital and reported her injuries being caused by a scooter rider, it’s likely the crash data will be captured by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. (If not, it can be reported to PBOT via e-scooter@portlandoregon.gov.)

I haven’t confirmed whether or not a police report was filed and/or if the scooter operator will be cited for his role in the collision. I’ll update this post when/if I learn more.

Here’s that link to Candace’s donation page again.

UPDATE, 12/18: A fundraiser party for Candace is planned for Friday 12/20 at the Chrome store (425 SW 10th Ave) from 7:-9:00 pm. There will be a raffle and auction with prizes provided by Western Bike Works, Stillpour, Chrome, and N.U.T.R.I.A. and then an after-party at Wildwood 1955 W Burnside St.

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oregonlahar
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oregonlahar

I need a clarification. Do Idaho stops include electric bikes and scooters? What is the justification for the Idaho stops? And sorry about the accident, heal well!

billyjo
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billyjo

How did the scooter driver manage to rent the scooter? Don’t you have to be 18?

X
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Damn.

Was it a rental scooter?

GNnorth
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GNnorth

I can’t believe no one mentioned it yet, in jest of course. Where’s Extinction Rebellion when you need them the most?!

Matthew in PDX
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Matthew in PDX

If an Idaho stop was in play (and it’s not), a prudent rider, when approaching a stop sign, should slow down considerably (I slow to walking pace), and be prepared to stop on a dime if another road user has right of way. The Idaho stop does not mean you can blow through a stop sign or red signal as if it were not there.

Funny story, I was taking a walk at lunch time yesterday (in Clackamas). I was standing well back from the curb waiting for the green walk signal. A driver made a peculiar face which I interpreted as her being pissed that I wasn’t crossing the street. Really? If I am faced with a traffic signal, my go to reaction is to obey it. Of course I could have been mistaken in my interpretation.

David Hampsten
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I lived at the corner of 26th and Clackamas for a couple years in what was known as the Leeds Apts, very close to this intersection. As in most of the Gulch, the streets are narrow, there’s lots of parked cars, and I learned early on to ride slowly through the area, as cars often didn’t stop even when I clearly had the right-of-way. This was back in 2003-2006. I dare say it’s even busier and crazier now.

Phil Richman
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Day lighting intersections would prevent a lot of these sorts of crashes from occurring. Get well soon Candace.

mark smith
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mark smith

The way this article reads, it’s not clear a collision between two people occurred. It’s clear that the bike rider hit the brakes to avoid, but didn’t actually hit “the guy” (who turns out to be a child). So did they collide or didn’t they? And if they didn’t, did the kid stay and take responsibility? Which, could be problematic legally. If she sues her own insurance, attached to her car, then the insurance company will then sue the mom. That’s how it goes. Regardless, if you ride on the road, get health insurance (medicaid if you are poor) and get a title to a car and get insurance on it (get PIP coverage) and use it.

Burk Webb
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Burk Webb

Donated, heal up Candace! My wife had a very similar injury from crashing her bike on wet train tracks (broken left cheekbone/concussion). She is all healed up now but the medical expenses were huge, thank god we have good insurance. I’m hoping Candace and here partner can get all the insurance/medical stuff worked out.

Mike R
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Mike R

I know the facts are a little thin at the moment but, are there potential criminal charges related to:
Assuming the scooter is a rental: did the operator rent it fraudulently (ie. clicking “yes of course I’m 18”)
Did the parents give the child permission to do something illegal “I know you’re not old enough to rent a scooter but, here is our credit card, have at it”
Assuming the scooter is not a rental: Are there license requirements for the scooter? Did the operator have such a license?
Since the operator did not have insurance, I’m going to assume there is no license involved so, did the parents allow the child to illegally operate their scooter?

mark smith
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BikeRound
That is not how it works. First of all, there is no basis in tort for suing any insurance company in this situation since no insurance company engaged in negligent behavior that caused damages to someone else. The bicycle rider’s auto insurance–assuming there is such a policy–is also irrelevant in this case since her injuries did not arise out of the operation of a motor vehicle. If the injured party has health insurance, then the health insurer will pay for her medical bills. After paying the bills, the health insurance company may turn around and sue the person responsible for the damages or his parents, but once again, there is no actionable tort against any insurance company. If the suit is successful, then the responsible party’s homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy would probably cover the losses under its liability provisions.However, we should also note that in many states it is difficult to successfully sue juveniles if the damages were not caused intentionally.Recommended 4

Some/most I don’t know have a clause about operating on the road in any format. People do have auto policies on fake cars. Yes, it’s rare but it happens. It’s pretty easy to do. And by the way, the other vehicle ..you don’t have to prove was at the scene. It could be a dang deer.