Pedestrian Killed in Cedar Mill Crash

Date: January 22, 2015

Location: Southwest Barnes Road and Southwest Monterey Place

Names: Sandra Glassman, Sherry Glassman-Beebe, John Lawson

Pedestrian Killed in Cedar Mill Crash

Thursday evening an 80-year-old woman was killed when she was hit by an SUV in Cedar Mill.

A 2007 Ford Escape was leaving Provident St. Vincent Medical Center to make a turn onto Barnes Road. The SUV his a mother and daughter who were using a crosswalk.

Sandra Glassman, 80, of Coos Bay and her daughter Sherry Glassman-Beebe, of California, were taken to the hospital. Sandra Glassman died shortly after arriving at the hospital and her daughter sustained minor injuries.

John Lawson, 66, of Aloha, was driving the Ford and it is likely he was turning on a green light and failed to see the women crossing the street.

Lawson was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Sandra Glassman and Sherry Glassman-Beebe.  We wish Sherry a full and speedy recovery.

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.


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 January 26, 2015, in Pedestrian Accidents, personal injury, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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