Salem doctor upgraded to fair condition after PDX airport accident – The Oregonian

Dr. Joel K. HopkinA Salem doctor was upgraded to fair condition today, close to three weeks after his legs were crushed between two vehicles at Portland International Airport.

The incident occurred at 10:30 p.m. April 5 outside the baggage claim area.

Lt. Bob Baxter, a Port of Portland police spokesman, said a 2003 Cadillac DeVille started the chain reaction.

Carolyn Kerr, 79, of Vancouver and her husband, Donald Kerr, 83, came to the airport to pick up a passenger, Baxter said. Carolyn Kerr, who had been driving, stepped out to look for the passenger, and Donald Kerr slid behind the wheel.

“Somehow, as Mr. Kerr moved across the seat, the vehicle was accidentally put into gear and began to move forward,” Baxter said. “He might have stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake.”

Baxter said he did not anticipate any charges being filed.

Hopkin is a clinical assistant professor in the oral

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