Woman Killed in Head-on Collision Identified

Date: January 31, 2014
Location: Intersection with South Macksburg Road north of Molalla, Oregon 213
Name: Soledad Castro-Montes

Police have identified the woman killed in the head-on collision on Friday on Oregon 213 as Soledad Castro-Montes, 45.

The accident occurred when Castro-Montes was driving her 1987 Nissan pickup north when she hit a 2004 Chevrolet pickup heading south near the intersection with South Macksburg Road north of Molalla. Castro-Montes turned left at the intersection into the path of the oncoming pickup.

Castro-Montes was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident while the other driver, Garry Beatty, 49, suffered from minor injuries and refused treatment. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. The airbag in Beatty’s vehicle deployed. However, Castro-Montes’ pickup was not equipped with an airbag.

The highway was shut for four hours because of the crash and detours were set up to help vehicles around the accident spot.

Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of Castro-Montes 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.

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.


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 February 5, 2014, in Car Accidents, Oregon State Police, personal injury, Portland personal injury attorneys, Wrongful Death and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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