Hit and Run Driver Injures Woman in Hermiston, Oregon

Date:  July 20, 2012
Location:  80900 block of Highway 395, Hermiston
Names:  Linda Lee Lerrossignol

Oregon State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a truck involved in a Friday afternoon hit-and-run incident in Hermiston. The woman who was hit was seriously injured, but the driver sped away without hesitation immediately after hitting her.

According to the report in the Tri-City Herald, Linda Lee Lerrossignol, 60, from Hermiston, was walking northbound on the 80900 block of Highway 395 at about 1:30 Friday afternoon. She was walking along the west side of the road, and as she crossed in front of a driveway for some area businesses, she was hit by a full size white pickup with a white canopy.

Witnesses told OSP officers that the truck immediately fled south on Highway 395. Lerrossignol was rushed by ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston, then transferred by air ambulance to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington, where she remains in a serious condition.

Anyone with information that might help locate the truck or the hit and run driver should contact their nearest OSP office, or phone a hit and run accident attorney.

We hope Linda Lee Lerrossignol 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. 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. 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:

1)   They did not have insurance.

2)   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.



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 24, 2012, in Car Accidents, Hit and Run, Oregon Car Accidents, personal injury, truck accidents and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hit and run cases are more even found common in many countries, these are occurred due to the fear of detained and legal cases, therefore most of the drivers are run away after hitting someone severely.

    This above post also mentioned a same case of hit and run where a driver hit a women and run away so I must say that strong law should be passed to detained these activities that never a driver run away after hitting anyone.

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