Hit and Run Investigation After Serious Injury Crash on Highway 34
Date: August 19, 2014
Location: Highway 47 near Maple Road
Name: Travis Johnson
Travis Johnson, 35 of Gaston, was critically injured in a crash on Highway 47 near Maple Road. After being thrown from his Jeep Liberty, Johnson suffered life-threatening injuries and is being treated at Oregon Health & Science University. In the vehicle was his wife who suffered minor injuries and three kids who were not injured. Police say Johnson was not wearing a seat belt and the rest of the family had their seat belts on.
The man in the Toyota Supra who hit Johnson and his family was identified as Timothy Sabrowski, 48 of Gaston who originally fled the scene after the incident. Sabrowski was not injured during the crash and is now under investigation.
We hope Travis Johnson and his family are able to recover from this accident, and that the hit and run driver is held accountable. Hit and run drivers are cowards and criminals, and as Portland attorneys for hit and run injury victims we hope this driver is found soon. Remember, hit and run drivers can be punished in both criminal and civil cases.
According to Oregon law (ORS 811.705), drivers are required to remain at the scene if anyone is injured. If a driver does not do this, they can have criminal charges brought against them once they are found.
We encourage anyone who has witnessed a hit and run to come forward with information! You can call our office and we will ensure that your identity is protected, and the information is sent to the right person. If you feel more comfortable calling a hotline, Shulman DuBois LLC sponsors the Hit and Run Reward program that gives financial incentives for reluctant witnesses to come forward after hit and run incidents. Remember, you are helping the person who was hit and you helping protect our streets from drivers who do not obey the laws.
In cases like this, the hit and run driver can also have a civil lawsuit brought against them for all damages to the injury victim. Anyone injured by a hit and run driver has the right to seek legal recourse for injuries and damages to property. This compensation can come from the at-fault driver’s insurance or any personal assets they have.
In many cases, the hit and run driver left the scene because:
- They did not have insurance.
- They were driving intoxicated.
If the driver was driving intoxicated, you may still be able to file a claim with their insurance company, if you can identify the driver.
If you cannot find the driver, however, OR they do not have insurance, you can still file a claim through your own uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your own auto policy.
We understand that this is a complicated process, and we recommend discussing your case with a Portland hit and run accident attorney who offers free consultations if you have any questions.