Two Dead, One Injured in Crash near Lowell

Date: March 15, 2015

Location: Pengra Road

Names: Lujuan Renrick, Kelsy Lee Becker, Brandon Adam Holmes

Two Dead, One Injured in Crash near Lowell

Sunday evening two people died and one suffered life-threatening injuries when a car hit a tree in Lane County.

A vehicle was down Pengra Road near Place Road in Lowell when it crossed all lanes of traffic and collided with a tree. The impact of the crash tore the car in 2 pieces and brought the tree down with it.

Lujuan Renrick, 32, of Springfield and Kelsy Lee Becker, 25, of Eugene died at the scene.

Brandon Adam Holmes, 26, of Eugene, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Lujuan Renrick and Kelsy Lee Becker.  We wish Brandon Adam Holmes 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 (SOL)(time limit on filing a claim) is different. For most car accidents, the SOL is two years, but for wrongful death, the SOL is “three years after the injury causing the death . . . is discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. . . .”

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 such as:

  • Charges for medical services;
  • Charges for burial and memorial services;
  • Compensation that the decedent would have been entitled to for disability, pain and 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.

Posted on March 17, 2015, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, personal injury, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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