Two Men Killed by Pickup Driver in Hit-and-Run Collision
Date: October 30, 2013
Location: US Highway 199, Cave Junction
Names: Robert Calvin, Jarred Quinn Houston
Police report that 41-year-old Robert Calvin, of Cave Junction, was walking along U.S. Highway 199 around midnight on the 30th. Then, 21-year-old Jarred Quinn Houston pulled over to the side of the road. Police report that he might have had a mechanical problem. Calvin and Houston got into an argument and were fighting in the southbound lane when someone driving a tan pickup truck hit them both.
The driver of the pickup left the scene immediately. Both men were killed in the collision and had passed away by the time first responders arrived at the scene.
There were few leads on who was driving the pickup truck. The pickup was described as a tan, compact truck with a matching canopy. It was possibly a late 1980’s model, and would have sustained front end damage as a result of the collision. Anyone with information relating to the identity of the hit and run driver is asked to call 541-776-6111.
We would like to express out deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Robert Calvin and Jarred Quinn Houston, the two men killed in the crash. We hope the hit and run driver is located and held accountable for their actions and our best wishes are with you all during this difficult time.
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, there are over 1,000 hit and run injury accidents in the state every year. These often tragic and disturbing crashes affect pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, etc. – and often greatly affect their families as well.
ORS 811.705 explains that it is a criminal offense to hit a person, animal, or private property and leave the scene without rendering aid, exchanging information, and reporting the accident to the DMV. This failure to perform the duties of a driver is a crime, and in some instances, a felony.
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.
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