Woman Dies when Drunk Driver Plows into 6 Cars Stopped at a Red Light

Date: June 16, 2015

Location: I-205 Ramp and Sunnyside Road

Names: Sheilah M. Krausse, Alexander Delucia

Woman Dies when Drunk Driver Plows into 6 Cars Stopped at a Red Light

Tuesday evening an allegedly drunk, speeding driver plowed into six vehicles stopped at a red light at the Interstate 205 off ramp to Sunnyside Road.

Alexander Delucia, 57, of Happy Valley, took the southbound exit and crashed into cars at a stop light.

One of the vehicles was heavily damaged in the rear front and passenger sides. Sheilah M. Krausse, 60, of Happy Valley, was in that vehicle and was taken to the hospital where she later died of her injuries.

Delucia was arrested on accusations of first-degree manslaughter, felony DUII, reckless endangerment and reckless driving. Police are investigating speed and alcohol as contributing factors to the crash.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Sheilah M. Krausse.

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.


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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