Woman Killed After Stepping in Front of MAX Train
Date: September 5, 2013
Location: Lloyd District, Northeast Portland
Name: 62-year-old woman
The 62-year-old woman was hit by a westbound train at Northeast 7th Avenue and Holladay Street, and dragged under it. She had to be extricated using special equipment that lifted the train. She was taken to the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment but succumbed to her injuries.
After reviewing surveillance video, police believe she stepped off the sidewalk and onto the crosswalk directly in the path of the train. It is believed that she did not hear the train because of heavy construction happening in the vicinity and assumed it was safe to cross.
We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the dead woman.
Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of the dead woman 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.
If you are looking 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.