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Family of pregnant woman hit by driver on meth sues Clackamas Co., Portland

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A driver on meth left a woman severely brain damaged after a 2010 crash, and now her family is suing Clackamas County and the city of Portland for $42 million.

Cayla Wilson was five months pregnant when she was hit by a car driven by Jack Whiteaker. Police said Whiteaker was high on methamphetamine at the time.

He was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Doctors gave Wilson a 1 percent chance of survival following the crash. She survived, but it left her in a permanent vegetative state, according to her attorneys.

Her family filed a lawsuit against Clackamas County, blaming probation officers for not revoking Whiteaker's probation, even though he failed to follow the terms of his release.

The city of Portland is involved in the lawsuit because Wilson's lawyers contend that Portland police responded to two 911 calls involving Whiteaker hours before the crash, but officers never detained or arrested him.

The trial got through opening statements in court Wednesday.

Wilson's daughter, Jaikyla, was born three months early because of the crash. Wilson's parents described their daughter coming home after two years in a rehab center during an interview with Fox 12 in 2012.

"The hardest part is, she wants her mom to respond to her more. And Cayla though, she'll watch her," Denise Wilson said. "She'll just watch her the whole time."

She also described more positive moments.

"The first time she smiled after she came home I couldn't believe it, I had to run and get Bill," Denise Wilson said. "Oh my gosh, she smiled."

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