FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Stacy Brewster, Commissioner Saltzman’s Office
Phone: (503) 823-4151
PORTLAND CITY FLAG TO BE LOWERED IN HONOR OF ABUSED TODDLER AND 15-YEAR-OLD VICTIM OF RECKLESS DRIVING
On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, the flag of the City of Portland will be lowered in honor of two victims of violence in Portland last month — 2 year-old Zachariah Luda Daugherty who died at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital on August 16 after suffering traumatic abuse from his mother’s boyfriend, and 15-year-old Fallon Smart who was killed by a reckless driver speeding on SE Hawthorne on August 19. The City flag will be lowered at City Hall, the Portland Building, Portland Fire Stations, the World Trade Center, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and Providence Park.
“There are men in custody right now for both of these crimes, but it comes as little comfort. There is no excuse for this. None. No excuse for abusing a child, no excuse for reckless driving,” said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “Regarding child abuse, if there’s an inkling of neglect or abuse in a household, get the child out of the situation immediately. Don’t wait for things to calm down or to get better.”
“To the family and friends of Fallon Smart, to the community of Franklin High School grieving her loss, and to the broader Portland community that came out for a memorial bike ride August 26, we hear you and understand the fear many users of our public streets feel when we fall short of our VisionZero goals. Portland must do better. Drivers must do better.”
On Wednesday, Commissioner Saltzman will make brief remarks followed by a moment of silence in honor of both Zachariah and Fallon at the 9:30 AM Portland City Council meeting at Portland City Hall.
City Council approved a resolution in April 2009 to lower the City’s flag in honor of children who die from abuse, neglect, or other violence. This marks the thirteenth time that the flag has been lowered.
If you suspect abuse, call the Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 509-5439. If you witness abuse, call 911.
The Portland Police Bureau and the Portland Bureau of Transportation are committed to working with partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero. To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390