PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman who was sleeping on a Portland sidewalk when she was run over by a truck operated by a homelessness nonprofit organization has filed a $450,000 lawsuit against the driver.
Daphne Taylor is suing driver Warren Schaupp as well as his employer, Central City Concern, for the 2018 incident that left her with a broken leg, according to her lawsuit filed Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
Schaupp declined comment Monday, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. Administrative staff and a lawyer for Central City Concern didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.
The large nonprofit helps people without homes find homes and receive healthcare, mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment.
According to a police report, Taylor had been sleeping under a dark blanket in a poorly lit area at about 12:30 a.m. on May 25, 2018. Schaupp drove his maintenance pick-up truck onto the sidewalk.
“(Schaupp) said he felt a bump on the tire and then heard a women (sic) yelling,” the report reads.
An officer wrote that Schaupp didn’t appear impaired.
Attorney Greg Kafoury, who is representing Taylor, said he offered a settlement with Central City Concern that included the agency providing Taylor a home. But Kafoury said the nonprofit wouldn’t oblige — and Taylor is still living outside.
The lawsuit faults Schaupp for negligence.