Police Identify 75-Year-Old Pedestrian Killed in Yachats
Date: July 5, 2013
Location: Highway 101, north of Yachats
Names: David Redetzke, Jason Moore
David Redetzke was hit by a Dodge Neon driven by Jason Moore, 17, of Waldport. While Redetzke died in the accident, Moore was not injured. Police continue to investigate the accident and Moore has cooperated with them.
Redetzke, who lived on the east side of the highway, was attempting to cross to the west, when the accident occurred. There are no marked crosswalks in this area.
We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the dead man.
Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of Redetzke during this challenging and tragic time.
In these cases the grief of losing a loved one is deepened by the knowledge that their death may have been due to someone else’s negligence. While it is a small consolation, it is possible to file a wrongful death claim under ORS 30.010-30.1000.
The Oregon statute outlines who is entitled to compensation. Spouses, children, and parents are the most common claimants, but under some circumstances, grandchildren, siblings, and grandparents may be able to bring a wrongful death claim as well. A Personal Representative, usually chosen by the family and approved by a judge, must bring the lawsuit for these beneficiaries.
It is important to note that the time limits for filing a wrongful death claims are very complicated and depend entirely on the circumstances. Your time limit (statute of limitations) may be as little as one year, so preserving evidence and seeking legal help in a timely manner can be extremely important to the case.
If you need to speak with a Portland wrongful death attorney, most offer free consultations. Many will also help you investigate the accident for free until you decide what to do about representation. Let them help you navigate this legal process, so that you can grieve without jeopardizing your rights.
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