Idaho Man Dies in Crash near Durkee on I-84

Date: July 4, 2015

Location: Interstate 84

Name: Enrique Jiminez, Taylor Grove

Idaho Man Dies in Crash near Durkee on I-84

Early Saturday morning an Idaho man died in a car crash on Interstate 84 near Durkee in eastern Oregon.

Enrique Jiminez, 64, of Boise, was ejected from his 2002 Hyundai Accent and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jiminez was heading west on I-84 when he began to pass a 2010 Ford Ranger but instead swerved into the truck causing both drivers to lose control and leave the highway.

It appears Jiminez was not wearing a seat belt and alcohol may have been a factor as well.

The driver of the Ford Ranger, Taylor Grove, 24, of Phoenix, Arizona, was not injured.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Enrique Jiminez.

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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