'Huffing' mother may have endangered 11-month-old in crash
Clackamas County district attorneys are considering whether to prosecute a woman for reckless endangering after she was "huffing" with her 11-month-old child in a vehicle that crashed on Memorial Day into a Happy Valley credit union.
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 27, deputies responded to the single vehicle colliding into the Clackamas Federal Credit Union building, 12111 S.E. Sunnyside Road, Happy Valley. When deputies arrived, Clackamas firefighters were helping people out of the crashed vehicle.
The driver of the car was identified as Jimmie Nguyen, 22, of Portland, whose passenger was identified as Aurora Taylor, 18 of Portland. Their child was in the vehicle and had been in a car seat.
Taylor appeared to be the only person injured in the crash; she was transported by AMR to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
An investigation revealed that Taylor had been using inhalants, or "huffing," while a passenger in the vehicle. For an unknown reason, she allegedly grabbed the steering wheel while they were driving and caused the vehicle to drive over the center median. The vehicle then continued into the wrong lane of travel before going over the sidewalk and down an embankment before crashing into the building.
Deputies contacted the Oregon Department of Human Services to investigate possible child-welfare issues.