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Lawyers for deceased Salem cyclist say “duster” inhalants should be harder to buy

Lisa Caballero (Southwest Correspondent) by on August 10th, 2021 at 2:42 pm

George Berry, the widower of Joleen Braasch-Berry, flanked by his legal team, with attorney Raymond Thomas to the right. (Photos: Lisa Caballero/Bike Portland)

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Portland firm will file lawsuit against aerosol makers and sellers to protect road users from ‘driving zombies’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 5th, 2021 at 8:35 am

Joleen Braasch-Berry.
(Photo courtesy Thomas Coon Newton & Frost)

Lawyers for the family of a Salem woman who was hit and killed while bicycling in October 2020 will file a lawsuit on Monday against the manufacturers of inhalants they say turn drivers into “zombies”.

Joleen “Jo” Braasch-Berry was 26-years-old and recently married when she left her job as an elementary school librarian. Braasch-Berry was riding in an unprotected, paint-only bike lane on NE Cherry Street in northeast Salem when the driver of a car failed to handle his vehicle and struck her. The man who hit her, who was arrested and charged with manslaughter and DUI, was seen on security video minutes before the crash leaving a Home Depot and inhaling a can of “CRC Duster”, a popular brand of aerosol spray used to clean computer keyboards and other types of electronic equipment. [Read more…]