Construction Worker Hit and Killed on Highway 22 in Salem

Date: June 1, 2015

Location: Highway 22

Names: Roberto Lopez-Dejesus, William Hatch III

Construction Worker Hit and Killed on Highway 22 in Salem

Monday evening, a construction worker was killed when he was hit by a vehicle along Highway 22 in Salem.

William Hatch III, 55, was a private contractor working on an asphalt project in the eastbound lanes along Highway 22, between Interstate 5 and Hawthorne Ave.

Just around midnight, Roberto Lopez-Dejesus, 20, struck Hatch and another piece of road equipment.

Hatch was taken to the hospital and died shortly after.

Lopez-Dejesus is facing charges of DUII, first-degree manslaughter, reckless driving and reckless endangerment of a highway worker.

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 June 3, 2015, in Drunk Driving, Pedestrian Accidents, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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