Portland settles in pedestrian’s 2012 death

Mara Forsythe-Crane was killed Dec. 18, 2012

Jim Crane lost his daughter, Mara, in a 2012 pedestrian crash, Jan. 7, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Jim Crane lost his daughter, Mara, in a 2012 pedestrian crash, Jan. 7, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Jim Crane and his wife still grieve the loss of their daughter two years after she was hit and killed at an intersection that was part of PBOT’s High Crash Corridor program.

Mara Forsythe-Crane was killed Dec. 18, 2012 at the intersection of SW Beaverton Highway and Shattuck. The city claimed they weren’t liable for the death of the 27-year-old woman.

Mara Forsythe-Crane was killed at this intersection in 2012. Improvements have been made since, Jan. 7, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Mara Forsythe-Crane was killed at this intersection in 2012. Improvements have been made since, Jan. 7, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

But the City of Portland agreed to pay a $50,000 settlement to the Crane family.

Crane said he has a “real appreciation that the city recognized the problem and I believe it acted responsibly in acknowledging the situation. It did so, of course, without any admission of liability.”

He believes that intersection and the roads around it could still be safer. Documents show improvements were made to the intersection after she was killed.

Now, the Cranes hope those improvements are enough to promote the safety of other pedestrians.

“It’s just so important that everybody, when they’re out on the streets, everybody just has to be careful,” he said.

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