5-Year Old Killed, 10 People Injured in New Year’s Day Car Crash

Date:  January 1, 2012
Location:  Highway 99E, north of Salem
Names:  Jose Gonzalez, Yamulet Torres-Ramirez, Sonia Ramirez-Alvarado, Raul Juarez-Alvarado, Irma Ramirez-Guzman, Yeni Ramirez-Guzman, Josue Juarez-Ramirez, Luis Torres, Alex Prado-Ramirez, Ricardo Juarez-Ramirez, Leslie Alvarado-Ramirez, Yovani Caballero-Ramirez

An horrific two-vehicle collision on the first day of the new year resulted in two people being killed—including a 3-year-old girl—and ten others being injured, several seriously. The accident happened around 3 a.m. on Highway 99E, just north of Salem. All 12 people involved in the crash were from the Salem area.

The report on KATU.com says Jose Gonzalez, 31, was driving a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville north on 99E when for reasons as yet unknown, it crossed the center line and crashed head-on with a southbound 1997 Dodge Caravan with ten occupants. When emergency responders arrived, they found Gonzalez, who was the sole occupant of the Bonneville, had been killed in the crash. Yamulet Torres-Ramirez, aged 3, had been sitting on her father’s lap in one of the Caravan’s back seats. She was ejected from the vehicle and was declared deceased at the scene. Her father, Luis Torres, 31, was seriously injured and taken to Salem Hospital.

The other people hurt in the collision and taken to Salem Hospital include Sonia Ramirez-Alvarado, 37, who suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries; Yeni Ramirez-Guzman, 30, whose injuries were described as serious, and 5-year-old Alex Prado-Ramirez, a back seat passenger, received serious, non-life threatening injuries.

Two passengers were taken to Oregon Health & Sciences University Hospital with serious injuiries. They were Raul Juarez-Alvarado, 34, and Irma Ramirez-Guzman, 34, who was taken to OHSU by LifeFlight.

Three children were taken to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Josue Juarez-Ramirez, aged just five months, was critically injured in the crash and transferred by LifeFlight, as was Ricardo Juarez-Ramirez, 13, who was seriously injured. Leslie Alvarado-Ramirez, 8, was taken by ambulance to Doernbecher with injuries described as serious as well.

Yovani Caballero-Ramirez, 16, was taken by ambulance to Silverton Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash but said they do not think alcohol was a factor at this stage. They are awaiting results of toxicology reports before making a final judgement.

Our hearts go out to the many family members and friends of all those affected by this tragedy, and we send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the people who were injured in the crash.

In the wake of a tragedy like this, each person must deal with it in whatever way works best for them. We would never try to talk someone into taking legal action. It is an individual decision that can only be made by all the families involved.

When children are injured, the law can get complicated fast. For example, while the standard Oregon injury case must be filed within 2 years of the accident, the statute of limitations for children, on the other hand, is not so straightforward. ORS 12.160 steps you through the process for figuring out the statute of limitations. First, the regular statute of limitations applies. Second, it doesn’t start running until the child turns 18 years old. But, third, the statute cannot be extended more than five years. And fourth, it cannot be extended beyond the child’s 19th birthday. If your child has been injured in an Oregon accident, please speak to a Portland child injury attorney to protect your child’s rights and interests.

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About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

Posted on January 4, 2012, in Injuries to Children and Minors, Oregon Personal Injury Attorney, Portland car accidents, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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