Woman Killed in Roseburg Car Crash
Date: April 10, 2014
Location: Interstate 5, Roseburg
Names: Laura Beth Cortez, Matthew Cortez and G. Reinhold Prince
Police report that Laura Beth Cortez, 53, of Grants Pass, was a passenger in a vehicle when she was killed. Gail Weaver, 56, of Myrtle Creek, was attempting to exit Interstate 5 into Roseburg when she hit a curb. She then lost control of her vehicle. Her vehicle went through the brush before hitting a vehicle driven by Matthew Cortez, 24, of Cave Junction. Her vehicle then crossed the intersection and hit an SUV driven by Erick Jenkins, 40, of Eagle Point.
Cortez and his passengers, Laura Beth Cortez and G. Reinhold Prince, 23, of Cave Junction, were seriously injured. They were taken to area hospitals, where Laura Beth Cortez eventually died of her injuries. Neither of the parties in the SUV were injured.
At this time, the investigation into the accident continues. No citations have been issued or arrests made in relation to the crash.
We would like to wish the seriously injured parties, G. Reinhold Prince and Matthew Cortez fast and full recoveries from their injuries. In addition, our sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Laura Beth Cortez, the woman who was killed in this accident. Our thoughts are with all of you during this difficult 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.
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