Family of man hit, killed by car sues PeaceHealth


Evan Davenport's parents say he was having a psychotic episode was fatally hit by a car

PORTLAND, (KOIN) — The family of a Portland man killed when he was hit by a car on I-5 is suing the hospital he was released from just days before.

In a wrongful death lawsuit filed this week, Evan Davenport’s parents are asking for $3 million from PeaceHealth’s Sacred Heart Medical Center University District, in Eugene. They say the hospital ignored warning signs of psychosis.

An ambulance first took Davenport to the hospital when he was found wandering in traffic. The lawsuit claims several drug screens came back negative and doctors released him to his parents saying he needed “tough love.”

Davenport’s parents say the hospital didn’t give him any kind of appropriate mental health evaluation.

Five days later, on July 13, 2016, they say he was having another psychotic episode when he ran away from home and was jogging on the highway in Washington late at night, where he was hit by a car.

PeaceHealth offered its condolences but could not provide a statement on the pending litigation.

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