Pot-smoking driver inflicts 'life altering' injury, police say
Police say a 76-year-old woman suffered "life altering" injuries after she was allegedly struck by a vehicle while using a marked crosswalk in Portland.
Lynn Cozza Goodman was crossing from south to north on Sandy Boulevard when she was hit by a 1992 Ford Explorer near the intersection of Northeast 42nd Street around 9:10 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, court records state.
Her skull was fractured in several places, including one break that stretched from neckbone to eye socket, police say. Intensive-care doctors at Emanuel Hospital expect her to survive, but they believe she will likely spend the rest of her life in an assisted living home.
The driver of the Ford — 54-year-old Anthony Lee Barnum — continued to drive for four blocks before parking his car, walking back to the crash site and cooperating with investigators, police say.
He told Officer Colin Sorensen he had smoked marijuana and drank one beer sometime before getting behind the wheel, according to a probable cause affidavit. His blood-alcohol content registered at 0.00 percent, though police say a 12-step evaluation shows he was impaired.
"When (Barnum) spoke, his speech was rapid and he had poor enunciation," court docs report. "(Barnum) was constantly in motion and had involuntary muscle movements."
Barnum has entered a not-guilty plea to charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and third-degree assault, according to a report by KOIN 6 News, The Tribune's media partner.
Barnum was not permitted to drive at the time of the incident, Portland Police allege.
He has previously been charged for menacing, second-degree robbery, first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree theft, possession of a controlled substance, identity theft, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless endangerment and possession of methamphetamine.
He has four felony convictions, eight misdemeanor convictions and four parole violations on his record, according to court documents.
At the time of his arrest, Barnum was living in a car that has now been towed, booking records indicate. He has been released without bail, according to Multnomah County Sheriff's Office records.
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