PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The family of a woman hit by an impaired driver last week said she is getting better everyday, although she is still not aware of her surroundings.
Marshae Davis, 47, was working near a construction site when 49-year-old Patrick Miller hit her with his car. Police said he had apparently been huffing nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, just before the crash.
“She was loved by many, she was a lover of many,” Kellie Strong, the victim’s sister, told KOIN 6 News. She said she hopes the driver gets the help he needs, and that justice prevails.
Davis is currently fighting for her life at OHSU.
“It was just surreal, it was unbelievable,” Strong said. “I can’t believe that it happened.”
Davis was working as a construction flagger for a city project in Northeast Portland. She was holding a ‘slow’ sign when Miller slammed right into her.
“It’s definitely difficult,” Davis’ son Juliyen said. “I haven’t been able to come out here and see her as much as I’d like to, and it’s really difficult to come in and see her like that.”
Davis is a mother of two. Her youngest described her as a strong, fun-loving woman who enjoys the outdoors.
Miller had a message for Davis and her family at his first court appearance.
“Sorry doesn’t begin to cover it,” Miller said in court. “My life doesn’t belong to me anymore, it belongs to them.”
The family is set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for Davis’ medical fees. They said she has a long road to recovery and are asking for all the help they can get.