One Woman Killed and a Man Arrested after Interstate 5 Fatal Crash

Date: May 20, 2014
Location: Interstate 5, Eugene
Name: Christina Marie Armstrong

A woman was killed and a man was arrested following an accident on Interstate 5 on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

Police report that 28-year-old Joseph Dana Theriault from Portland was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 in the early morning. As he approached milepost 188, the 2003 Toyota pickup he was driving drifted towards the shoulder of the road. The pickup then hit a commercial truck and attached semi trailer that was in the breakdown lane.

A passenger in the pickup, 22-year-old Christina Marie Armstrong, died at the scene of the accident. Theriault was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Riverbend for treatment of minor injuries.

During the course of the investigation, police learned that the vehicle Theriault was driving was reported stolen. Theriault was taken into custody after his release, and was taken to Lane County Jail to be charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was reported to be on probation in Oregon and Florida at the time of the crash.

Further charges may be possible, as the investigation into the crash continues, though none have been reported yet.

We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the young lady killed in this accident. We hope if the driver is found negligent in her death, he is held responsible for his actions.

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 June 13, 2014, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, truck accidents and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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