It’s been almost one month since 15-year-old Fallon Smart was hit by a car and killed on Southeast 43rd and Hawthorne as she tried to cross the street. Yesterday, for the first time, her mother spoke publicly about her death.
“Before we crossed she asked, ‘where’s the crosswalk?’ And I told her every intersection is a crosswalk, a statement that will haunt me forever.”
That’s just one of the interactions Smart and her mother Fawn Lengvenis had about safety and the rules of the road.
Lengvenis spoke to the Portland City Council Wednesday to bring more awareness to the dangers on local streets.
Lengvenis said she was with her daughter August 19 on Hawthorne Boulevard. The two sat together in a bubble tea shop until Smart’s friends arrived. When they did, Lengvenis left for a while but was soon contacted about the accident.
Police say 20-year-old Abdulrahman Noorah was speeding and being reckless when Smart tried to cross the street and he hit her. Then, officials say he left the scene for a while before eventually coming back. The teen died on scene.
Smart’s mother says she was in the process of getting her permit so there was a lot of talk recently about safety and laws for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. She says Smart was analytical and alert, but awareness alone couldn’t save her and now Lengvenis wants something to change.
“The truth is, I’m only a mother who needs your help,” Lengvenis told the council. “I won’t fool myself into believing I know the solution to what is ailing our city. I do realize that pedestrian and vehicular collisions are increasing and individual responsibility wasn’t enough to keep Fallon alive. Something more has to be done so other children aren’t harmed and other mothers have a chance to say I love you.”
Noorah is charged with manslaughter, reckless driving, and hit and run.
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