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Fri Aug 13, 2021, 05:39 AM

Family of Houseless Woman Files Wrongful Death Complaint Against Portland Sweeps Contractor

The family of Debby Ann Beaver, a Portland woman who died while living unhoused in 2019, has filed a lawsuit against Rapid Response Bio-Clean, the city contractor hired to clear homeless encampments. The wrongful death suit accuses Rapid Response of confiscating Beaver's medication during a camp sweep, leading to her death a week later.

According to the lawsuit, filed by Michael Fuller on Wednesday afternoon, Rapid Response staff took Beaver's medication on July 16, when the contractors were clearing the camp where she was living near the corner of SE 35th and SE Yamhill, bordering Sunnyside School. This medication was used to "treat symptoms from seizures due to a head injury, high blood pressure and diabetes," the suit claims. It goes on to pin Beaver's death on Rapid Response, because the contractor did not return her medication.

"Ms. Beaverís loss of life was avoidable, and was a reasonably foreseeable result of Rapid Responseís wrongful behavior," the lawsuit reads.

Beaver was found dead on July 24, 2019, at the same campsite location. Her body was first discovered by Rapid Response staff, who were conducting another clean-up. Beaver's death certificate alleges that Beaver died from an "accident caused by illicit substances," according to Fuller. Yet, Fuller added in an email to the Mercury, "It's unclear whether the certifier was aware that Ms. Beaver was without her medication."

Read more: https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2021/08/12/35857487/family-of-houseless-woman-files-wrongful-death-complaint-against-sweeps-contractor

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