Four People Injured in Molalla Crash
Date: February 12, 2014
Location: South Dryland Road, Molalla
Names: Rick Sekne, Darren Baker, Bethany Lael and Larry Lael
Police report that Darren Baker, 53, of Oregon City, was eastbound on South Dryland Road in a 1996 Chevrolet pickup when he ran a stop sign. He then collided with a 2007 Dodge van. The van was driven by Bethany Lael, 59, of Rochester, Wash. The van continued to spin and crossed into the southbound lane, colliding with a 2013 Ford van. During the impact, Baker and his passenger Rick Sekne, 35, of Molalla, were ejected from the vehicle.
Sekne was seriously injured in the accident and was taken to OSHU Hospital for treatment. Baker was treated at the scene by paramedics. Lael and her passenger, Larry Lael, 76, were taken to Silverton Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The driver of the Ford van was not injured.
The accident remains under investigation at this time and no citations have been issued or arrests made. Police report that Lael and her passenger were wearing safety restraints, while Baker and Sekne were not.
Our hearts go out to all those involved in this crash, especially Rick Sekne, and we hope for a full recovery. In the wake of such a crash, it can be hard to know what to do.
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.