19 Year-Old Fell Asleep at the Wheel, Injured Two Kids

Date:  July 19, 2012
Location:  Southeast Flavel and Southeast 72nd Avenue, Portland
Names:  Ashley Mason

A 19-year-old girl fell asleep at the wheel Thursday evening, and the resulting accident sent two children to the hospital, one with serious injuries. The accident happened at the intersection of Southeast Flavel and Southeast 72nd Avenue in Portland.

According to the report on KATU.com, Ashley Mason, 19, was driving west on Flavel just before 6 p.m. Thursday, when she allegedly fell asleep at the wheel. Mason’s car passed two vehicles on the right shoulder and then went up on the curb.

At the intersection with 72nd Avenue, Mason’s car hit two children, a boy aged 5, and an 18-month-old girl in a stroller. The children were with their mother, who was not hit by the car.

Emergency responders found the boy, whom one witness said was named Harry, had been seriously injured. He was rushed to a Portland hospital with traumatic injuries, and as of Friday morning, he was listed in a serious condition.

The stroller was smashed in the collision, but the little girl’s injuries were relatively minor. She was bleeding around the mouth when paramedics arrived. They were able to treat her at the scene.

Mason remained at the scene, telling witnesses she had fallen asleep behind the wheel. Portland police charged her with careless driving, and investigations are continuing.

We would like to send our best wishes for a full recovery to the little boy injured in this frightening crash, and we hope he is out of the hospital and back with his family soon.

When a child is injured, the statute of limitations is complicated. ORS 12.160 states that the time for bringing the lawsuit does not start being counted until the child turns 18. However, the time limit will never be extended for more than five years, nor will it be extended for more than one year after the child’s 18th birthday.

In general, if a child is 17 or older at the time of the accident, the statute will run in two years, just like for an adult. If the child is between 12 and 17, the time limit will run out on the child’s 19th birthday. If the child is under 12, the time will run out 7 years after the injury.

So if your child has been injured, in either an auto crash or another type of accident, protect their rights (and your financial well-being) by considering a personal injury attorney. Remember, our Portland personal injury lawyers offer free consultations and as fathers, we are even more personally concerned about child injury cases.


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 July 23, 2012, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, Injuries to Children and Minors, Portland car accidents, Portland personal injury attorneys and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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