Woman Dies After Stolen Vehicle Crash Sunday in NE Portland

Date: October 7, 2014

Location: Northeast Prescott Street and 94th Avenue

Names: Jeannette Rene Fields & Joshua Eric Lindsay

Woman Dies After Stolen Vehicle Crash Sunday in NE Portland

The passenger involved in a stolen car crash this past Sunday has died. Jeannette Rene Fields, 45, suffered critical injuries from the crash and died on Wednesday at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

Fields was a passenger in the 2014 Toyota Camry that was stolen by Joshua Eric Lindsay, 34, from a home in the 1000 block of Northeast Beech Street. The crash occurred about 5pm on Sunday at the intersection of Northeast Prescott Street and 94th Avenue and

Lindsey drove away but the Toyota stalled out a bit later. A witness saw Lindsay slapping Fields trying to wake her before he ran off. Lindsay was found 10 blocks away by the police and remains in Multnomah County Jail.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jeannette Rene Fields.

Oregon wrongful death claims are allowed under ORS 30.010-30.100. But the law is much more complicated than a normal accident case. First of all, the statute of limitations (time limit on filing a claim) is different. For most car accidents, the SOL is 2 years, but for wrongful death, the SOL is “three years after the injury causing the death . . . is discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. . . .” In other words, it’s not three years from the date of death; it’s three years from the date of the original injury that ultimately caused the death.

Additionally, there are limits on who can bring a wrongful death claim. The most common claimants are:

  • Spouses
  • Children (including stepchildren)
  • Parents (including stepparents)

Less common claimants include:

  • Grandchildren
  • Siblings
  • Grandparents

In a wrongful death case, you can ask for compensation for several types of damages as well.

Compensatory damages include.

  • Charges for medical services;
  • Charges for burial and memorial services;
  • Compensation that the decedent would have been entitled to for disability, pain, suffering and loss of income during the period between injury and death;
  • Compensation for “pecuniary loss” to the decedent’s estate;
  • Compensation for the loss of the decedent’s “society, companionship and services” to the decedent’s spouse, children, stepchildren, stepparents, and parents;

Punitive damages are allowed as well, but are rare in Oregon since the State takes 70% of punitive damages awarded. If you have lost a loved one, call a Portland wrongful death attorney for help in securing the compensation you deserve.

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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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