PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A local nurse continues to fight for her life after a suspected drunk driver hit her vehicle in Southeast Portland on Monday.
Family members of the victim, 54-year-old Hope Davis, said she is a respected and popular registered nurse who works at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside.
“The scariest part of seeing my mom is not knowing if she’s going to make it,” said Davis’ son, Alex Cvek.
Portland police said a suspected drunk driver who was trying to flee from officers crashed into Davis’ vehicle around 11 p.m. Monday at Southeast 96th Avenue and Market Street.
“I’m just angry – just want to know why he didn’t take responsibility. Basically ruined my mom’s life,” said Cvek.
Police said the suspect is 22-year-old Sergey Lastivka of Gresham, who was reportedly doing doughnuts in the Mall 2015 parking lot when an officer tried to pull him over for reckless driving before he took off.
Authorities said based on the investigation thus far, both alcohol and driving speed by Lastivka appear to be factors in the crash.
Lastivka was charged Thursday with second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, attempt to elude by vehicle, DUII and five counts of reckless endangerment. His arraignment is scheduled for Friday.
Doctors were able to remove her breathing tube and Davis is now breathing on her own. She has undergone several surgeries to stop internal bleeding and continue to recover at Oregon Health & Science University.