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Woman struck by vehicle dies at OHSU

Witnesses reporter driver smoking marijuana seconds before collision


A woman who was hit by a car at a Gresham intersection Monday morning has died from her injuries.

Elizabeth Irma Kemble, 46, of Portland, was crossing at a marked crosswalk at the intersection of Northeast 181st Avenue and East Burnside Street when a car struck her and threw her body 35 feet, police reported.

MCSD - Jacob WaltersWitnesses told police that the driver, Jacob Walters, 27, of Portland, was smoking marijuana seconds before the crash. The degree to which potential marijuana consumption was a factor is still under investigation, police said.

Police officers and medical personnel responded to the intersection at 8:09 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, and first responders rushed to the aid of Kemble. Walters, who was driving a 2008 Toyota Prius, stayed on the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

Kemble suffered a broken left arm, compound fractures to her left leg, a broken pelvis, a spinal fracture and injuries to her head. She was unconscious when paramedics rushed her to an area hospital by ambulance. Though it was initially reported that Kemble, a three-time kidney transplant recipient, had non-life threatening injuries, her condition worsened and she died shortly after 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Oregon Health & Science University.

Walters was arrested Monday and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of assault in the fourth degree, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. He has since been released.

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