Two Killed in Crash near Dallas

Date: April 4, 2014
Location: Polk County, Oregon 22, west of Dallas
Names: Cayden Thomas Fitch, Michael Joseph Moyllett, Bryan Fitch, Estella Moyllett

Two people were killed and two others seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in Polk County, west of Dallas, on Friday.

Cayden Thomas Fitch, 18, was driving a 1995 Ford Ranger on Oregon 22, in Polk County, west of Dallas, when he attempted to pass another vehicle and collided head-on with a 2011 Toyota Rav4 driven by Michael Joseph Moyllett, 69. Fitch and Moyllett died on the scene.

Fitch’s father Bryan Fitch, an OSP trooper, and Moyllett’s wife, Estella Moyllett, were seriously injured in the accident. All the occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident and airbags in both vehicles deployed according to police officials.

Oregon State Police, Keizer Police, and Polk County District Attorney’s Office are all investigating the accident.

We extend our sympathies o family and friends of the dead and hope the injured recover completely and quickly.

Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of Moyllett 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 9, 2014, in Car Accidents, Oregon Personal Injury Attorney and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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