Fatal Accident on Hwy 18 Kills Teenager
Date: August 2, 2013
Location: Highway 18, Grande Ronde
Names: Alexander Barnes, Matthew Frankenhauser, Dannyelle Mager
Police report that Alexander Barnes, age 19, from Aumsville was traveling westbound on Highway 18 in the early evening. Around milepost 22, Barnes attempted to make a u-turn in his 2000 Ford Focus. Dannyelle Mager, age 32, from Amity, was traveling behind Barnes’ vehicle in a Ford pickup. Mager collided with the driver’s side of Barnes’ vehicle as he was attempting to make the u-turn.
Barnes was seriously injured and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. A passenger in his vehicle, Matthew Frankenhauser, age 22, from Aumsville, suffered critical injuries. He was taken to Salem hospital where he is being treated.
The pickup driver suffered no injuries in the crash, though passenger in the pickup suffered minor injuries and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office are investigating the accident. The highway was blocked for about four hours as OSP, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Ronde Police Department, West Valley Fire District, and ODOT personnel cleared the scene.
We would like to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the young man killed in this crash, Alexander Barnes. We would also like to express our best wishes for a fast and full recovery to Matthew Frankenhauser and the pickup truck passenger who was injured.
In the wake of such a crash, it can be hard to know what to do.
After an auto accident remember to:
1. Take care of your body:
- Get medical treatment and keep treating until stable.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for referrals and to seek out doctors you can trust.
- Keep all of your medical bills and medical records relating to the crash.
2. Collect evidence:
- Take photos at the scene of your car, their car, your injuries, and anything else that seems relevant.
- When you get home, write down any details you remember after the accident.
- File an Oregon Traffic and Insurance Report within 72 hours of the accident. Keep your copy.
- Get a copy of your police report (if one was filed).
- Keep track of the damage done to your vehicle and document repairs with photos.
- Do not give recorded statements to any insurance company without talking to a competent Portland car accident attorney.
3. Protect your rights:
- Read 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case
- Keep good records of your treatment, damages, lost wages, etc.
- Get all correspondence with insurance companies in writing.
- Find out your statute of limitations.
This process can feel confusing and overwhelming, especially when you are in pain and worried about your financial wellbeing. Remember, you can always contact an Oregon personal injury attorney for a free consultation and evaluation of your case if you need help.