High school senior killed after being knocked from a train bridge

Date: June 6, 2014
Location: St. Johns Bridge, Portland
Name: Taishawn Nathaniel Millage

A high school senior was killed after being knocked from a train bridge on Friday, June 6, 2014.

Police report that Taishawn Nathaniel Millage, 18, was walking home from a party to celebrate his upcoming graduation on Wednesday. He was walking along the St. Johns Bridge in Portland when he was knocked off the train tracks by a train and into the Willamette River below.

Rescuers arrived on the scene, but were unable to resuscitate Millage. The medical examiner ruled the official cause of death in the case was drowning.

This tragedy is compounded by that fact that Millage was only days away from graduating from high school. His peers were having a bonfire to celebrate their upcoming graduation, which was why he was in the area.

The 18-year-old was said to be looking into going into the music or graphic design industry. He was described as outgoing, friendly and ambitious by the people that knew him.

A vigil was held at the bridge on the Saturday following the accident.

We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Taishawn Millage. It is a true tragedy that someone so full of potential passed away so young.

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 18, 2014, in Oregon Personal Injury Attorney, Pedestrian Accidents, personal injury, Portland personal injury attorneys, Train Accidents, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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