Elderly Woman Hit and Killed By SUV in Salem

Date: November 26, 2013
Location: Highway 51, Salem
Names: Sara Lou Muller, Angelica Herrera-Clark

An elderly woman was struck and killed on Highway 51 on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

Police report that 74-year-old Sara Lou Miller, of Salem, was using a walker to cross Highway 51 around 6:20 pm. Police believe that she may have been searching for her lost cell phone. As she was crossing, she was hit by an SUV driven by 21-year-old Angelica Herrera-Clark, of Gervais. The woman was killed in front of the driveway of her home. There is no street light in the area.

Following the accident, Ms. Muller was transported to Salem Hospital. She was pronounced dead at arrival.

The driver of the SUV stayed at the scene and cooperated fully with investigators. No citations were issued or arrests made. The portion of the highway had to be closed for approximately 3 hours following the accident, as investigators cleared the scene. At this time, the investigation continues.

It was reported that this was the 48th pedestrian death in Oregon this year.

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the woman killed in this accident, Ms. Sara Lou Muller. We are very sorry for your loss and our thoughts and best wishes are with you during this difficult 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.

Portland Oregon Wrongful Death Attorneys


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.

Posted on December 4, 2013, in Automobile Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Wrongful Death and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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