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Traffic flagger hit by driver huffing nitrous oxide offers forgiveness in court

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A traffic safety flagger who was hit by a driver huffing nitrous oxide in southeast Portland stood up from her wheelchair in court Thursday and offered forgiveness.

"I forgive Mr. Miller for what he has done to me, because I understand that he is suffering from a disease," Margot Davis said.

Patrick Miller, 50, pleaded guilty in court Thursday to charges of third-degree assault and DUII.

Witnesses told police Miller was weaving in and out of traffic as he approached a Portland Water Bureau construction project at Southeast 68th and Division Street the afternoon of March 25.

His car jumped the curb and hit Davis, who was wearing an orange vest, hard hat and holding a "SLOW" sign.

Investigators said they located evidence Miller was huffing nitrous oxide, or "whippets," and possibly using other controlled substances.

He apologized during a previous court appearance, and Davis accepted Thursday.

"I don't believe he woke up that morning with the intention of driving and injuring another human being," she said. "I just cannot accept that people are like that in this society that we live in. It was a mistake. A mistake that he made because he was under the influence."

Davis was in critical condition after the crash. She said her injuries are continuing to heal.

Miller is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 2.

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