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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.

Man Arrested for Hit-and-run With Bicyclist on SE 82nd Avenue

Date: August 26, 2014

Location: SE 82nd Avenue

Name: Robert B. Hyer

Man Arrested for Hit-and-run With Bicyclist on SE 82nd Avenue

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Leodan Juares Belton of Clackamas, 49, is charged with felony hit-and-run after striking a bicyclist on SE 82nd Avenue south of King Road.

Bicyclist, Robert B. Hyer, 30, was riding in the bike lane as Belton’s ford pickup turned into a gas station and knocked Hyer to the ground.

Belton check on Hyer, went into the gas stations and left the scene when he heard sirens. The Oregon State Police and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Officers found his car abandoned in a parking lot at SE 147th Ave and Sunnyside Road. At about 4:15pm they were able to capture Belton.

Hyer was treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries.

We hope Hyer 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.

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.

Three Injured, One Arrested in Klamath Falls Oregon Crash

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.

Family-Oriented Young Man Killed in Hit-and-Run

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. hit and run bike accident, wrongful death

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.

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Man Sought After Hit-and-Run | Oregon Car Accident Lawyers

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.

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.

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