David Sale’s daughter will not become another statistic.
His 22-year-old daughter, Danielle, and her friend, 26-year-old Jenee Hammel, were struck and killed by a 17-ton TriMet bus last year.
The young women’s deaths have been called the worst tragedy in TriMet history. But Sale wants his loss to be the biggest learning experience in TriMet history.
And he’s made it his mission to ensure that happens.
“They’ve turned this into a life journey for me,” the Vancouver resident said.
Danielle Sale of Vancouver and Hammel, who lived in Gresham, Ore., were killed just before midnight on April 24, 2010. Sale, Hammel and three other pedestrians were struck by a bus as they walked in the crosswalk on Northwest Broadway at Glisan Street in downtown Portland. They had a “walk” signal and the right of way.
The other pedestrians were Hammel’s brother and sister-in-law, Ryan and Jamie Hammel of Portland, and Danielle Sale’s boyfriend, Robert Erik Gittings.
The bus driver, Sandi Day, was cleared of criminal wrongdoing. But in February, a judge found her guilty of six traffic charges, saying she made an illegal left turn after sweeping across multiple lanes.