One Killed, One Injured in DUII Collision in Roseburg, Oregon
Date: August 14, 2013
Location: Lookingglass Road, Roseburg
Names: Amanda Bell, Shawnacy Hyatt, Shaun Lowry
In the evening on Tuesday, August 14, two pedestrians, Amanda Bell, 23, of Myrtle Creek and Shawnacy Hyatt, 37, of Roseburg were walking southbound on Lookingglass Road. Lowry was operating his vehicle in the southbound lane of the roadway when he collided with the two women.
Bell was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, where she later died of her injuries. Hyatt was taken to Oregon Health Sciences via air ambulance. She has since been released from the hospital.
Police report that Lowry did not stop immediately following the crash. Following the police investigation, Lowry was charged with manslaughter and drunken driving, assault, hit-and-run and recklessly endangering another person. Part of the indictment read that Lowry failed to stop immediately following the accident to assist the people he’d hit. The charges and the arrest came nearly two weeks after the accident itself.
We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Amanda Bell. We are very sorry for your loss and we hope the at fault driver is held fully accountable. In addition, we would like to wish Shawnacy Hyatt a fast and full recovery.
Drunk driving accidents are horrible because they could have been prevented by good sense, though this is little consolation to a victim’s family. Wrongful death claims for fatal drunk driving accidents are legally complex and can be restricted by very strict time limits (as little as one year to file the appropriate notices).
If someone you love has been killed by a drunk driver, you may be able to get compensation in a few ways:
- You may be able to file a claim with the auto insurance of the at-fault driver.
- You may be able to file a claim with the decedent’s insurance (if it was a hit-and-run crash, or the at-fault driver did not have insurance).
- You may be able to file a claim against the establishment or person that supplied the alcohol to the drunk driver through a Dram Shop Notice.
A Dram Shop Notice allows you to hold responsible whoever served and continued to serve alcohol to the drunk driver after they were visibly intoxicated, or whoever served alcohol to someone who is underage. This could be a bar, nightclub, restaurant, or any establishment that sells alcohol.
These establishments are required to properly train their employees to act in accordance with the OLCC’s guidelines. They should not be allowed to do otherwise. A Dram Shop Notice is a special letter that tells the establishment that they are being held accountable for failing to follow these guidelines. In a fatal accident, the Dram Shop Notice must be received within one year of the accident that caused the death.
Let an Oregon wrongful death attorney who is familiar with the law regarding drunk driving accidents help you through this difficult time, so that you can focus on your family. For more information about wrongful death claims, please order our free guide, Oregon Wrongful Deaths: A Family Guide to the Civil Justice System After the Death of a Loved One.