Category Archives: Hit and Run

Cyclist Struck by Hit-and-run Driver in Tigard

Date: November 12, 2014

Location: SW 115th Ave and North Dakota Street

Name: Brian Bledsoe

Cyclist Struck by Hit-and-run Driver in Tigard

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Last Wednesday, a witness saw the driver of a pickup truck hit a cyclist, get out of his vehicle and walk toward the injured rider then turned around and fled the scene.

The accident occurred in Tigard at the intersection of SW 115th Ave and North Dakota Street.

The cyclist was 37-year-old Brian Bledsoe and he was treated at a hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

Bledsoe was making a left turn at the intersection when he was hit by the truck, headed in the same direction.

We hope Brian Bledsoe is able to recover from this accident, and that the hit and run driver is held accountable. Hit and run drivers are cowards and criminals, and as Portland attorneys for hit and run injury victims we hope this driver is found soon. Remember, hit and run drivers can be punished in both criminal and civil cases.

According to Oregon law (ORS 811.705), drivers are required to remain at the scene if anyone is injured. If a driver does not do this, they can have criminal charges brought against them once they are found.

We encourage anyone who has witnessed a hit and run to come forward with information! You can call our office and we will ensure that your identity is protected, and the information is sent to the right person. If you feel more comfortable calling a hotline, Shulman DuBois LLC sponsors the Hit and Run Reward program that gives financial incentives for reluctant witnesses to come forward after hit and run incidents. Remember, you are helping the person who was hit and you helping protect our streets from drivers who do not obey the laws.

In cases like this, the hit and run driver can also have a civil lawsuit brought against them for all damages to the injury victim. Anyone injured by a hit and run driver has the right to seek legal recourse for injuries and damages to property. This compensation can come from the at-fault driver’s insurance or any personal assets they have.

In many cases, the hit and run driver left the scene because:

  • They did not have insurance.
  • They were driving intoxicated.

If the driver was driving intoxicated, you may still be able to file a claim with their insurance company, if you can identify the driver.

If you cannot find the driver, however, OR they do not have insurance, you can still file a claim through your own uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your own auto policy.

We understand that this is a complicated process, and we recommend discussing your case with a Portland hit and run accident attorney who offers free consultations if you have any questions.

Man Texting and Driving Killed 74-year-old Cyclist Near Rainier

Date: August 30, 2014

Location: Highway 30 West of Rainier

Name: Peter Linden

Man Texting and Driving Killed 74-year-old Cyclist Near Rainier

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On Saturday Peter Linden, 74 of St. Helens, was killed after being struck by a hit-and-run driver who was texting. Linden, who was battling cancer, was biking along highway 30 west of Rainier when he was hit by a pickup. Linden was wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kristopher Woodruff, 34 of Vernonia, was driving the pickup truck when he was pulled over by an Oregon State Trooper a few minutes after he killed Linden. Woodruff was distracted by looking at text messages on his phone when he drove into the shoulder and struck Linden.

Woodruff gave the officer a North Dakota ID and did not have a valid drivers license. Court records show that he had previously been cited for driving without a valid driver’s license and driving uninsured in 2001.

Woodruff was taken to the Columbia County Jail on Manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and other charges.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Peter Linden. Hit and run drivers are cowards and criminals, and as Portland attorneys for hit and run injury victims we hope this driver is found soon. Remember, hit and run drivers can be punished in both criminal and civil cases.

According to Oregon law (ORS 811.705), drivers are required to remain at the scene if anyone is injured. If a driver does not do this, they can have criminal charges brought against them once they are found.

We encourage anyone who has witnessed a hit and run to come forward with information! You can call our office and we will ensure that your identity is protected, and the information is sent to the right person. If you feel more comfortable calling a hotline, Shulman DuBois LLC sponsors the Hit and Run Reward program that gives financial incentives for reluctant witnesses to come forward after hit and run incidents. Remember, you are helping the person who was hit and you helping protect our streets from drivers who do not obey the laws.

In cases like this, the hit and run driver can also have a civil lawsuit brought against them for all damages to the injury victim. Anyone injured by a hit and run driver has the right to seek legal recourse for injuries and damages to property. This compensation can come from the at-fault driver’s insurance or any personal assets they have.

In many cases, the hit and run driver left the scene because:

  • They did not have insurance.
  • They were driving intoxicated.

If the driver was driving intoxicated, you may still be able to file a claim with their insurance company, if you can identify the driver.

If you cannot find the driver, however, OR they do not have insurance, you can still file a claim through your own uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your own auto policy.

We understand that this is a complicated process, and we recommend discussing your case with a Portland hit and run accident attorney who offers free consultations if you have any questions.

2 Bicyclists Hit in Southwest Portland, Woman faces Assault Charges

Date: July 19, 2014
Location: 50thAvenue, Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, Southwest Portland
Name: Jasmine Zamora, Cameron Duff

Two bicyclists were hit on Saturday night on Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway while the woman alleged to have hit them fled the scene.

The accident occurred when Jasmine Zamora, 30, was riding a bicycle behind Cameron Duff, 25, along the highway near 50th Avenue. They were hit from behind by a dark colored car that left the scene.

Another witness who had followed the car led the police to an apartment in the 5700 block of Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, where police arrested Lisa Lynn Vesely, 32. She was taken to Multnomah County Jail and booked on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, third degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, and failure to perform the duties of a driver.

We extend our sympathies to the injured and hope they recover quickly and completely.

Our best wishes go out to Zamora; we wish you a speedy and full recovery.

Drunken driving accidents are tragedies that affect not only the victim, but often the victim’s family and friends as well. These cases are also legally complex and can face very strict time limits (as little as 180 days).

If you have been a victim of a drunk driving accident, you may be able to get compensation in a few ways:

  1. You may be able to file a claim with the auto insurance of the at-fault driver.
  2. You may be able to file a claim with your own insurance (if their insurance does not cover all your damages, it was a hit-and-run crash, or they do not have insurance).
  3. You may be able to file a claim against the establishment or person that supplied the alcohol to the drunk driver through a Dram Shop Notice.

A Dram Shop Notice allows you to hold responsible whoever served and continued to serve alcohol to the drunk driver after they were visibly intoxicated, or whoever served alcohol to someone who is underage. This could be a bar, nightclub, restaurant, or whoever supplied the alcohol.

These establishments are required to properly train and incentivize their employees to act in accordance with the OLCC’s guidelines regarding intoxicated drinkers. They should not be allowed to do otherwise. A Dram Shop Notice is a special letter that tells the establishment that they are being held accountable for failing to follow these guidelines.

But if the proper establishment does not receive the Dram Shop Notice within 180 days, the claim may be forever lost. This very tight time limit destroys many otherwise valid claims. Let an Oregon injury attorney who is familiar with the law regarding drunk driving accidents help you through this difficult time, and get you on your way to recovery.

Hit-and-run suspect turns himself in to police

Date: June 7, 2014
Location: SE Foster Road, Portland
Name: Dorena Hernandez

A man turned himself in following a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a pedestrian on June 7, 2014.

Police report that 33-year-old Dorena Hernandez was hit as she was walking on SE Foster Road, west of SE 172nd Avenue. It was around 11 pm at night and she was hit by a truck pulling a trailer, that left the scene of the accident. The truck was reported to be dark in color and was pulling a white Wells Cargo or First Interstate trailer.

Hernandez was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. Her current condition is not known.

Police initially released photos of the truck in an attempt to get witnesses to come forward to help identify the driver.

On Monday, Charles Francis Gillespie, 67, turned himself in to the police. Charges are currently pending and he is reported to be cooperating with the investigation.

Specific details of the accident have not been released, like if Hernandez was crossing in a marked crosswalk or if Gillespie was aware that he hit someone.

We would like to wish Dorena Hernandez a fast and full recovery from her injuries. We hope that she suffers no permanent disability and if the hit-and-run driver is found negligent, he will be held accountable for his actions.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, there are over 1,000 hit and run injury accidents in the state every year. These often tragic and disturbing crashes affect pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, etc. – and often greatly affect their families as well.

We send our best wishes to all of the victims of these terrible crimes, and especially to Dorena Hernandez. We wish you a speedy and complete recovery.

ORS 811.705 explains that it is a criminal offense to hit a person, animal, or private property and leave the scene without rendering aid, exchanging information, and reporting the accident to the DMV. This failure to perform the duties of a driver is a crime, and in some instances, a felony.

Just because you don’t know who hit you, doesn’t mean you can’t get help. In Oregon, every driver is required to have at least $25,000 in Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage. This means you can file a claim with your own insurance.

Filing a claim with your own insurance can be confusing, however, so talk to a dedicated Portland hit and run attorney to discuss your case for free, or consider ordering our Free Oregon Accident Book to learn more about UIM insurance coverage.

14-Year-Old Girl Injured in Hit and Run Crash

Date: April 28, 2014
Location: Powell Boulevard, SE Portland
Name: Victoria Courtney

Police are seeking the publics help in locating a hit and run driver who injured a 14-year-old girl on April 28, 2014.

Police report that Victoria Courtney was crossing Powell Boulevard when the collision occurred. She was in a marked crosswalk and crossing with the signal. Then, a gold-colored, mid-size SUV that was possibly a Lexus attempted to turn onto westbound Powell and collided with the girl.

Courtney reports that the driver stopped a little ways down the street, and began motioning for her to come to the SUV. However, the young lady had suffered a broken foot in the collision and was unable to stand. When she didn’t get up, the SUV driver got back into her vehicle and drove away.

Courtney was able to give a description of the hit and run driver. She was reported to be a white female in her 40s, who is possibly 5’3” to 5’4” tall. It was reported the woman had black and silver hair. She was said to be wearing dress slacks, and a purple shirt with silver sequins.

Anyone with information about this hit and run is to encouraged share what they know either via the police non-emergency line at 503.823.3333 or through email at CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov.

We would like to wish Victoria Courtney a fast and full recovery. We hope that the careless driver who hit her and then left her injured in the roadway is found quickly and held accountable for her actions.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, there are over 1,000 hit and run injury accidents in the state every year. These often tragic and disturbing crashes affect pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, etc. – and often greatly affect their families as well.

ORS 811.705 explains that it is a criminal offense to hit a person, animal, or private property and leave the scene without rendering aid, exchanging information, and reporting the accident to the DMV. This failure to perform the duties of a driver is a crime, and in some instances, a felony.

Just because you don’t know who hit you, doesn’t mean you can’t get help. In Oregon, every driver is required to have at least $25,000 in Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage. This means you can file a claim with your own insurance.

Filing a claim with your own insurance can be confusing, however, so talk to a dedicated Portland hit and run attorney to discuss your case for free, or consider ordering our Free Oregon Accident Book to learn more about UIM insurance coverage.

 

 

Hit and Run Driver Arrested After Police Get Tip

Date: February 15, 2014
Location: Southeast Powell Boulevard, Portland
Names: Douglas Miller, Jay Jenkins

Jay Jenkins, 24, of Portland, has been arrested in relation to a fatal hit and run.

Police report that Douglas Miller, 60, was walking on Southeast Powell Boulevard, at 124th Avenue on Saturday night. There, he was hit by a silver minivan and was injured. The minivan then left the scene without rendering assistance or calling for help.

After receiving a tip, police officers arrested Jay Jenkins and charged him with second-degree manslaughter, obstructing government officials, tampering with physical evidence and failure to perform the duties of a driver after an injury. Another man, Jerin Nigel Crabtree, 29, was arrested for tampering with evidence, as he allegedly assisted Jenkins, who tried to repair the car involved in the accident.

Jenkins was given bail of $260,000 and was arraigned on Tuesday morning. There was no information regarding the status of Crabtree’s arrest.

We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Douglas Miller, the man killed in this accident. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you during this difficult time. We are very glad that police were able to find the suspect, so he can be held accountable for his actions.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, there are over 1,000 hit and run injury accidents in the state every year. These often tragic and disturbing crashes affect pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, etc. – and often greatly affect their families as well.

ORS 811.705 explains that it is a criminal offense to hit a person, animal, or private property and leave the scene without rendering aid, exchanging information, and reporting the accident to the DMV. This failure to perform the duties of a driver is a crime, and in some instances, a felony.

Just because you don’t know who hit you, doesn’t mean you can’t get help. In Oregon, every driver is required to have at least $25,000 in Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage. This means you can file a claim with your own insurance.

Filing a claim with your own insurance can be confusing, however, so talk to a dedicated Portland hit and run attorney to discuss your case for free, or consider ordering our Free Oregon Accident Book to learn more about UIM insurance coverage.

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