Grants Pass Woman Dies in Fatal Josephine County Crash

Date: June 15, 2015

Location: Azalea Drive

Names: Steven R. Schurpf, Tamera R. Dillard

Grants Pass Woman Dies in Fatal Josephine County Crash

Monday morning a woman was ejected and killed in a single-vehicle crash in Josephine County.

A Toyota RAV4 failed to negotiate a turn on Azalea drive near the intersection of Ewe Creek Road and went off the road and rolled multiple times.

A passenger, Tamera R. Dillard, 27, was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, Steven R. Schurpf, 29, of Grants Pass was uninjured and police believe drugs, alcohol and excessive speed were factors in the crash. Schurpf was taken to the Josephine County Jail on charges of manslaughter, DUII and reckless driving.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Tamera R. Dillard.

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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