Date: June 7, 2014
Location: SE Foster Road, Portland
Name: Dorena Hernandez
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.
Date: December 19, 2011
Location: Highway 97, milepost 284, near Klamath Falls
Names: Robert Glen, Jeffrey Quigley, Chet Newell
A bizarre chain of events near Klamath Falls on Monday morning ended with three people being taken to the hospital with a variety of injuries. One of the three was later released from the hospital only to be arrested for drunk and reckless driving.
Just after 5 a.m. Monday, a Good Samaritan spotted Robert Glen, 19, of Klamath Falls lying by the side of Highway 97, near milepost 284. Police believe Glen may have been the victim of a hit-and-run. The Good Samaritan was 47-year-old Jeffrey Quigley, of Grenada, California. He pulled his GMC pickup onto the northbound shoulder of the highway, and while he was attempting to help Glen, a Ford Ranger pickup being driven by Chet Newell, 20, from Klamath Falls, crashed into the back of Quigley’s truck, pushing it forward and over Quigley and Glen.
Emergency responders rushed all three men to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls. Newell’s injuries were minor, but both Quigley and Glen were seriously injured. After Newell was released from the hospital, he was immediately arrested, according to the report on KTVZ.com, and charged with DUII, reckless driving and two counts of assault in the second degree.
Police are still seeking information on how Glen became injured before Quigley stopped to help him.
We send our very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to both Jeffrey Quigley and Robert Glen.
In the wake of an accident 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 the Quigley and Glen families.
We encourage people to educate themselves on the law of drunk driving in Oregon, and we provide free information to help you settle your lawsuit without an attorney. But when a drunk driver is involved, the law becomes very tricky, and you should contact an experienced Oregon hit and run injury attorney.
Hit-and-run is a serious violation of Oregon Vehicle Code 811.705. The hit-and-run driver must be held civilly and criminally responsible for his actions. In a case like this, the Glen family may be well advised to contact a reputed personal injury attorney with experience in hit-and-run crashes who will fight for the justice and compensation that they deserve. At Shulman DuBois, we believe that what happened to Robert Glen is simply unacceptable; we are committed to making sure that hit-and-run drivers are held accountable for their actions and that both victims and families receive the compensation they deserve.
Date: July 30, 2011
Location: Southeast Mather Road, Clackamas
Names: Michael Vu, Artyom Pavlenko
An 18-year-old Clackamas High School graduate described as a good, hard working student, was killed Saturday night when the bicycle he was riding was struck in a hit-and-run tragedy.
Michael Vu, 18, had been acting as a full-time caregiver for his father, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2010, according to a story by James Mayer in Oregon Live. Having graduated from Clackamas High School, he had moved on to pursue a Humanities course for college literature and history credit through Portland State University.
Vu was travelling in the eastbound bicycle lane of Southeast Mather Road at around 1 a.m. when he was struck by a car that threw Vu to the road. The car kept going, however, dragging the bike for several blocks. Vu was pronounced dead at the scene and according to the State Medical Examiner’s Office, was killed by blunt force trauma to the head.
Just before noon the following day, Artyom Pavlenko, 28, of Clackamas,turned himself into the sheriff’s office, allegedly admitting he had been responsible for the accident. He was charged at Clackamas County jail with second-degree manslaughter, and also with a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident. Police are continuing their investigations, and are particularly interested if anyone has information about Pavlenko’s activities before the time of the accident.
Our hearts go out to Vu’s family. This accident is doubly tragic, since Vu was the primary carer for his father.
Regardless of who is to blame, we find it irresponsible and cruel that the driver involved in this incident did not have the decency to stay after inflicting such serious injuries. We hope Michael Vu’s family and friends can get past the shock of what has happened to their loved one. We hope the driver in question will be made to face the consequences of their actions.
Date: November 29, 2009
Location: NW Greenwood & NW 8th, Redmond, Oregon
Names: Theodore “Teddy” Ernest Jokinen, Cody Stephen Stackhouse, Anthony A. Ortega, Melissa Jokinen
Oregon State Police have asked for the public’s help in finding Theodore “Teddy” Ernest Jokinen, 32, who fled after crashing a stolen car into a parked truck in Redmond, Oregon, on November 29, 2009. OSP troopers previously located two passengers who also left the scene, according to KOHD.com.
Officers found one of the passengers, Anthony A. Ortega, 25, hiding in the backyard of a nearby home. He was taken to Deschutes County Jail on three outstanding warrants.
Another passenger, Cody Stephen Stackhouse, 20, was discovered as he tried to hitchhike away from the scene. Stackhouse sustained a head injury, and was transported to St. Charles Redmond Medical Center.
A third passenger, Melissa Jokinen, 34, was found injured inside the car, and did not try to flee. She was detained at the scene, and later taken to the same hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
OSP Sergeant Eric Brown told KOHD.com that, around 2 PM, Senior Trooper Andy McCool spotted a black 1996 Honda careening down the road, ignoring stop signs and nearly hitting a car at an intersection. As the Honda turned south from NW Greenwood onto NW 8th, a witness saw the car crash into the side of a parked truck. The driver, Theodore Jokinen, Ortega and Stackhouse ran from the scene. Meanwhile, officers detained Melissa Jokinen.
Police discovered the Honda had stolen license plates, and later learned that the car was an unreported stolen vehicle. Before the crash, the car’s occupants had stopped for gas, and left without paying their $45 bill.
As of November 30, state police were continuing to investigate, assisted by Redmond Police Department and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. They requested anyone with information on Jokinen’s whereabouts to call 911 or OSP dispatch at 1-800-452-7888.
We would like to add our own appeal: If you know anything at all that might help the police, please contact them immediately. We believe finding Jokinen is a matter of public safety.