Passenger Dies and Driver Injured in NE Portland Crash

Date: April 19, 2015

Location: Northeast Portland

Names: Destini Jordaire Washington, Alexandria Cooper

Passenger Dies and Driver Injured in NE Portland Crash

Early Sunday morning one person died and another was seriously injured when a car crashed into a concrete pillar in Northeast Portland.

The crash occurred on Northeast Columbia Boulevard at 33rd Avenue around 3am.

The passenger, Alexandria Cooper, 19, was thrown from the 2004 Hyundai Sonata and died at the scene. The driver, Destini Jordaire Washington, 19, was injured and taken to the hospital. Once released Washington was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of manslaughter in the first degree, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

The car was heading westbound on Northeast Columbia when Washington lost control and crashed into a large concrete pillar under the 33rd Avenue overpass.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Alexandria Cooper.

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.


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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