Speeding May Have Been a Factor in 4-Car Crash on I-5

Date: November 18, 2013
Location: I-4, Albany Oregon
Names: Lance Lehne, Claren Mortenson, Kyler Kelly, Riley Ford

A driver lost control of his vehicle on I-5, resulting in a 4-car crash on Monday, November 18, 2013.

Police report that Kyler Kelly, 20, of Corvallis was attempting to merge onto I-5 from the Knox Butte Road on-ramp. He then lost control of the Nissan he was driving and crossed the median into oncoming traffic. His vehicle first collided with a Chevy pickup being driven by Lance Lehne, 45, of Harrisburg. After colliding with the Chevy, his car spun into a Saturn driven by Claren Mortenson, 23, of Lebanon. The vehicles finally stopped in the travel lane, where they were hit by a Toyota pickup driven by Riley Ford, 19, of Corvallis.

Lehne, the driver of the Chevy pickup suffered minor injuries in the collision. No other injuries were reported and police report that all of the drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

Kelly was cited with careless driving for the accident. Police believe that speed and poor road conditions were contributing factors in the collision.

We would like to express our best wishes for a full recovery to the driver of the Chevy, Lance Lehne. We hope that you make a quick recovery and are very glad that no one else was injured in what could have been an extremely dangerous accident.

Driving too fast is a factor in one of out three car accident fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Whenever you are tempted to speed, whether because you’re late or just impatient, remember it’s not worth potentially killing someone.

Speeding is a serious traffic offense outlined in ORS 811.100 with penalties and punishments outlined in ORS 811.109. These punishments include fines and suspension of driving privileges.

Remember that if you are ever involved in an automobile collision in Oregon that resulted in:

  • Damage to personal property over $1,500
  • Any injury, or
  • Death

You are required to file a DMV traffic accident and insurance report within 72 hours of the accident.

If you or a loved one were involved in an accident involving speeding, like the one above, consider contacting a competent Oregon accident lawyer to discuss your case and assess your next steps to protect your legal rights.


About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

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