Four Dead in Clackamas County Crash

Date: August 11, 2014

Location: SE Lusted Rd at SE Hudson Rd, Clackamas County

Name: Brandon Mayo, Shalene Newland, Jesse Jasso-Varsamas, Suzanne Marie Varsamas

Four people died in a single vehicle crash on Monday in Clackamas County.


Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash in which Brandon Mayo, 31, the driver, his passengers Shalene Newland, 20, Jesse Jasso-Varsamas, 20, and Suzanne Marie Varsamas, 39, died.

The accident that occurred on SE Lusted Rd at SE Hudson Rd, was reported by a resident living close by. The car had crashed into a tree and caught fire. The resident managed to rescue one occupant before fire engulfed the car and the other three occupants. The rescued occupant was taken to hospital but succumbed to the injuries. A dog which was travelling in the car has been rescued and is being treated.

We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Brandon Mayo, Shalene Newland, Jesse Jasso-Varsamas and Suzanne Marie Varsamas.

Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of Newland and the others 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.


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.

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