Family Oregon Woman Killed by Train Sues for $12.5M

June 7, 2019

Two years after she was struck and killed by a light rail train, Chance Hoyt’s family is suing TriMet for $12.5 million, alleging that the transit agency could have prevented the Portland woman’s death.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Hoyt’s mother, Lynne, is alleging negligence by both TriMet and Richard Shaffer, who was operating the train that hit Hoyt.

Court documents say when the 21-year-old arrived at the train crossing in Beaverton on June 5, 2017 a MAX train passed her going east.

Hoyt reportedly opened the gate and started walking across after the train cleared the crossing. Court documents say a westbound train came through the crossing shortly afterward.

There were no additional warnings that alerted Hoyt to another train coming, the suit claims, and the westbound train hit and killed her.

TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt said the agency does not comment on pending litigation.

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