Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run in Salem
Date: May 23, 2015
Location: Salem Parkway
Names: Travis J. Lane, Kimberly A. Malm
A Salem man was struck and killed in a hit-and-run on Salem Parkway.
Travis J. Lane, 36, was hit on the parkway at Cherry Avenue NE and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses has said the vehicle left the scene but was found several hours later. Kimberly A. Malm, 36, of Salem was arrested on charges of second-degree manslaughter, DUI, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and failure to perform the duties of a driver.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Travis J. Lane. Hit and run drivers are cowards and criminals, and as Portland attorneys for hit and run injury victims we hope this driver is found soon. Remember, hit and run drivers can be punished in both criminal and civil cases.
According to Oregon law (ORS 811.705), drivers are required to remain at the scene if anyone is injured. If a driver does not do this, they can have criminal charges brought against them once they are found.
We encourage anyone who has witnessed a hit and run to come forward with information! You can call our office and we will ensure that your identity is protected, and the information is sent to the right person. If you feel more comfortable calling a hotline, DuBois Law Group LLC sponsors the Hit and Run Reward program that gives financial incentives for reluctant witnesses to come forward after hit and run incidents. Remember, you are helping the person who was hit and you are helping protect our streets from drivers who do not obey the laws.
In cases like this, the hit and run driver can also have a civil lawsuit brought against them for all damages to the injury victim. Anyone injured by a hit and run driver has the right to seek legal recourse for injuries and damages to property. This compensation can come from the at-fault driver’s insurance or any personal assets they have.
In many cases, the hit and run driver left the scene because:
- They did not have insurance.
- They were driving intoxicated.
If the driver was driving intoxicated, you may still be able to file a claim with their insurance company, if you can identify the driver.
If you cannot find the driver, however, OR they do not have insurance, you can still file a claim through your own uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your own auto policy.
We understand that this is a complicated process, and we recommend discussing your case with a Portland hit and run accident attorney who offers free consultations if you have any questions.
Posted on June 11, 2015, in Hit and Run, Pedestrian Accidents and tagged Cherry Avenue NE, Hit and Run, Kimberly A. Malm, pedestrian accident, pedestrian death, Salem, Salem parkway, Travis J. Lane. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.