Two Dead in Two-Vehicle Crash in Lebanon, Oregon

Date: April 5, 2014
Location: Highway 34, near milepost 17, Lebanon, Oregon
Names: Breanna J. Larkins, Jared Benjamin Williams, Tyler L. Sims, Skylar Parker-Miller, Kenneth E. Henley II

Two people died and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 34 west of Lebanon, Oregon, on Saturday.

A 1996 Toyota Corolla that was driven by Breanna J. Larkins, 19, was headed east when it moved off the road and hit a mailbox. It then slid into the westbound lane and was hit on the passenger side by a 1996 Ford Thunderbird driven by Kenneth E. Henley II, 29.

Larkins and her front passenger, Jared Benjamin Williams, 21, died on the scene. Another passenger, Tyler L. Sims, 21, was seriously injured, while the third passenger, Skylar Parker-Miller, 19, and Henley II sustained minor injuries. Police continue to investigate the crash.

We extend our sympathies to the families and friends of the dead and hope the injured recover quickly and completely.

Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of Williams 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.

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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 April 8, 2014, in Oregon Car Accidents, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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