Two Cars Collide at Intersection, Crash Being Investigated
Date: November 20, 2013
Location: Highway 26 and Northwest Harrison Road, Banks
Names: Bernard Van Domelen, Dagoberto Aguilar Guillen, Elizabeth Aguilera Ponce
Police report that Bernard Van Domelen, 75, from Banks, was operating his 2005 Toyota Camry southbound on Northwest Harrison road. As he was traveling through the intersection of Northwest Harrison Road and U.S. Highway 26, he was struck by a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Elizabeth Aguilera Ponce, 27, from Seaside. Ponce’s vehicle then rolled over and landed on its top. The Camry stopped in a ditch on the side of Highway 26.
Bernard Van Domelen, the driver of the Camry, was transported to a St. Vincent Hospital for treatment. He had a passenger in his car that was not injured. The driver of the Suburban did not report any injuries, though her passenger, Dagoberto Aguilar Guillen, 22, from Seaside, was taken to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital for treatment.
No citations were issued or arrests made. Police are continuing to investigate the collision. The highway had to be closed for about 90 minutes, in both directions, following the crash.
We would like to wish everyone involved in this collision a fast and full recovery. The results could have been much worse considering the impact, and it was very lucky that no one was seriously injured or killed. We hope all the injured parties recover quickly.
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.