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Bike crash victim's family hopes bill will help others

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The family of a man who lost his leg in a terrible biking accident is now hoping to change a law that could help future victims.

Alistair Corkett was out for a training ride on Mother's Day last year when he was hit by a truck at the intersection of Southeast 26th Avenue and Powell Boulevard. He lost his leg in the crash.

Corkett was not able to get restitution because of the way the law is structured, but now his family and the district attorney hope to change that for future victims.
“My son Alistair Corkett has been the victim of two very bad car accidents,” Alistair’s mother Julia Corkett said at a public hearing today.

In that public hearing, Julia Corkett testified for the approval of senate bill 1553.
“No doubt many of you have heard about his accident on Mother’s Day when he lost his leg,” she said. It was the second serious crash Alistair had been involved in on his bike.

“He had 100 stitches in his mouth and his teeth are all capped. He has a beard because he has facial scars,” his mother said.
Julia says her son has a lot of support and had insurance to help with the costs of recovery.
“There are so many people that don’t have that support and I believe that this bill is not only for people like Alistair, it’s for the people that can’t pay to have their teeth capped, who do not have the insurance,” she said.
The proposed bill would fill what supporters are calling “the negligence gap” in the law. Right now, people cannot seek state restitution in all crashes that involve negligence and serious injury because the law states there has to be a criminal act.
“The person who hit him went to court and had a traffic ticket. She paid a fine of around $100 and showed proof of insurance,” Julia said.
The proposed bill would add fifteen words to Oregon’s current definition of assault in the third degree, making crashes like Alistair's criminal offenses.
This bill is the perfect blend of filling a gap where with serious physically injury such as his, impacted the family of the Corketts,” Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill said, “Where criminal negligence occurs by a motor vehicle to a vulnerable road user.”
Underhill said the law would only be applied when two key conditions are met: the person must display criminal negligence and cause serious physical injury.
The bill is set to go up for a work session and a vote Wednesday.

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