Man Dies when Tree Falls on Car on the Historic Columbia River Highway

Date: June 28, 2015

Location: Historic Columbia River Highway

Names: Jorge Figueroa Roman, Rosalba Ortega, Rosa Ortega

Man Dies when Tree Falls on Car on the Historic Columbia River Highway

On Sunday a man was killed when a tree fell on his car while driving on the Historic Columbia River Highway east of Latourell Falls near Corbett.

A 2001 Saturn sedan was heading east on the highway when a branch from a tree falling from a hillside to the east of the highway fell on the driver’s side of the car.  The car traveled about 500 feet before stopping on an embankment.

The driver, Jorge Figueroa Roman, 27, of Covington, Washington, died at the scene of the crash.

Passengers Rosalba Ortega, 57, and Rosa Ortega, 20, both of Vancouver, were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.  A 1-year-old passenger in a car seat was not injured in the crash.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Jorge Figueroa Roman and wish everyone else involved a full and speedy recovery.

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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