Driver Arrested in Cave Junction Single-car Crash that Killed Passenger

Date: April 18, 2015

Location: Holland Loop Road near Cave Junction

Name: Erric Fisher, Austin J. Pedro, Cambria River Lin Cook

Driver Arrested in Cave Junction Single-car Crash that Killed Passenger

Saturday evening a car slammed into a tree killing a passenger and the driver was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, intoxicated driving and assaulting a police officer.

Around 11:30pm a 1993 Acura Integra slid off Holland Loop Road near Cave Junction in Josephine County. The Acura hit a tree, which split the vehicle in half.

The rear passenger, Austin J. Pedro, 35, of Cave Junction, died at the scene. The front passenger, Cambria River Lin Cook, 22, of Cave Junction, was injured and taken to a local hospital.

The driver, Erric Fisher, 19, of Cave Junction, suffered minor injuries. Fisher resisted arrest and was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, manslaughter 1 assault II, reckless driving and assaulting a police officer.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Austin J. Pedro and wish Cambria River Lin Cook a full and speedy recovery.

If you were hurt by a drunk driver, special time limits may apply for filing a claim.

Under ORS 471.565, you can sue the establishment that served the drunk driver alcohol (assuming there was one) by filing a Dram Shop Notice within 180 days. This is only for injury cases, as wrongful death cases have a separate time limit.

A Dram Shop Notice is a special letter that tells the establishment or person who served the alcohol that a claim for damages is being made against the establishment, a description of the time, place, and circumstances giving rise to the claim, and the name and mailing address for the person making the claim. If the drunk driving led not just to an injury, but death, then you have a year instead of 180 days. A Dram Shop Notice will hold a bar owner responsible for not training employees according to the OLCC’s guidelines regarding intoxicated drinkers.

If the drunk driver was not at a bar or other business that serves alcohol before the crash, there is still the possibility of filing a claim through auto insurance. In many cases, the drunk driver will also be punished in a criminal court. Although being found guilty for criminal charges can increase the likelihood of a civil personal injury case succeeding, you may still need the help of a drunk driving accident injury lawyer to deal with adjusters and use all the evidence correctly.

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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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