Passenger Killed After Being Ejected from Vehicle in Gresham

Date: December 12, 2013
Location: Northwest Division Street, Gresham
Names: Peggy Jennen, Lisa A. Wilson, Curtis Kato

Peggy J. Jennen, 73, of Oregon City, was killed in a car accident on Thursday, December 12, 2013 around 11:30 pm.

Police report that Jennen was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her friend Lisa A. Wilson, 52, of Troutdale. Wilson made a turn from Northwest Division Street westbound to Northwest Bella Vista Place southbound and Jennen was ejected from the vehicle. She then landed in the roadway and was hit by a vehicle driven by Curtis Kato, 58, of Gresham. Kato was traveling in the slow lane eastbound on Northwest Division Street when Jennen fell in his path.

Jennen died at the scene of the accident. Kato stayed at the scene to render assistance and is not facing any charges. Wilson is facing several charges including DUII, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. She was arrested and taken to Multnomah County Detention Center, where she was held on $27,500 bail. It was reported that her blood alcohol level was above the legal limit when the accident occurred. Wilson has no prior DUII arrests.

We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the woman killed in this accident, Peggy Jennen. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you during this difficult time.

Drunk driving accidents are horrible because they could have been prevented by good sense, though this is little consolation to a victim’s family. Wrongful death claims for fatal drunk driving accidents are legally complex and can be restricted by very strict time limits (as little as one year to file the appropriate notices).

If someone you love has been killed by a drunk driver, you may be able to get compensation in a few ways:

  1. You may be able to file a claim with the auto insurance of the at-fault driver.
  2. You may be able to file a claim with the decedent’s insurance (if it was a hit-and-run crash, or the at-fault driver did not have insurance).
  3. You may be able to file a claim against the establishment or person that supplied the alcohol to the drunk driver through a Dram Shop Notice.

A Dram Shop Notice allows you to hold responsible whoever served and continued to serve alcohol to the drunk driver after they were visibly intoxicated, or whoever served alcohol to someone who is underage. This could be a bar, nightclub, restaurant, or any establishment that sells alcohol.

These establishments are required to properly train their employees to act in accordance with the OLCC’s guidelines. They should not be allowed to do otherwise. A Dram Shop Notice is a special letter that tells the establishment that they are being held accountable for failing to follow these guidelines. In a fatal accident, the Dram Shop Notice must be received within one year of the accident that caused the death.

Let an Oregon wrongful death attorney who is familiar with the law regarding drunk driving accidents help you through this difficult time, so that you can focus on your family. 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.


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 18, 2013, in Car Accidents, Drunk Driving, Wrongful Death and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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