Driver Dead after Car Rolls Down Marine Drive Embankment
Date: December 16, 2013
Location: Northeast Marine Drive, near 142nd Avenue
Name: Mary Augustine Yakutis-Suit
The driver, Mary Augustine Yakutis-Suit, 55, is believed to have been alone in the car at the time of the accident. Foggy conditions made search and rescue operations difficult. Police continue to investigate the cause of the accident that occurred on Northeast Marine Drive near 142nd Avenue.
We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the dead woman.
Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of Yakutis-suit during this challenging and tragic 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.
While many single car accidents are considered to be the fault of the driver, it is not uncommon for these types of accidents to be more complex than they appear. Poorly maintained roads, bad signage or traffic control devices, negligent mechanics, car manufacturing defects and/or poor design, can all contribute to a single-car accident.
To protect your rights, and any potential claim you may have, it is imperative to investigate these other possible causes as soon as possible. Road repairs, changes to the intersection, etc., can all obscure the evidence you might need to prove your claim. And, if a public body is negligent, you may lose your rights if you don’t send an Oregon Tort Claim within 180 days.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a single car accident that they believe was not their fault, consider talking to an experienced Portland accident attorney or reading 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case, which can answer the most common questions people have after a car accident.