Portland man: Close call with car, angry driver should be wake-u - KPTV - FOX 12

Portland man: Close call with car, angry driver should be wake-up call for everyone

Posted: Updated:
Paul Jeffery took a photo of Christine Shoaff after he said she nearly hit him with her car in SE Portland. (Image: KPTV/Paul Jeffery) Paul Jeffery took a photo of Christine Shoaff after he said she nearly hit him with her car in SE Portland. (Image: KPTV/Paul Jeffery)
Christine Shoaff, jail booking photo Christine Shoaff, jail booking photo
Paul Jeffery (KPTV) Paul Jeffery (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A Portland man said he was nearly hit by a car as he crossed the street, then was attacked by the woman behind the wheel.

Paul Jeffery told FOX 12 he was walking across Southeast Division Street near 48th Avenue with his friends on Aug. 27 when, "I saw this car that was just not going to stop."

“It came right up against me," Jeffery said. 

He said it was so close, he could reach out and touch the side mirror.

Jeffery said he kept walking, but the driver pulled over and approached him.

“The lady who was driving came and confronted me and screamed at me, grabbed my glasses and broke them and threw them in the street,” he said. “When I asked her whether she cared if she could have killed me, she said, ‘No, I wish I did.’”

He took photos of the driver and his broken glasses, and shared them online. He said he showed social media posts to Portland officers and then, on Sept. 4, officers made an arrest.

Christine Shoaff was taken to jail and charged with second-degree criminal mischief. She was released and has pleaded not guilty.

It turns out Shoaff was an Uber driver.

The company told FOX 12 she’d only been with them for a few weeks and was not on an Uber trip, but a personal drive, when the incident happened.

She was suspended and a spokesperson for Uber said, “We have zero tolerance for the type of behavior described. We have removed the partner's access to the platform.”

As a long-time advocate for pedestrians and cyclists, Jeffery said the real message in what happened to him is this: Every intersection in Oregon is a legal crosswalk, whether it’s marked or not (ORS 801.220).

Jeffery hopes his close call is a wake-up call for everyone sharing the road.

It came just a week after 15-year-old Fallon Smart was hit and killed while crossing Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, roughly half a mile from where Jeffery was.

“She was crossing in an unmarked crosswalk just the same,” he said. “And you know, I got off lucky, she didn’t.”

Copyright 2016 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
FOX 12
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation, Portland, OR . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.