Driver Arrested after Crashes Minivan and Kills Passenger

Date: July 12, 2015

Location: Peoria Road

Names: Nicholas Norman, Zachary James Triplett, Turner Reed, Haley Hankinson

Driver Arrested after Crashes Minivan and Kills Passenger

Early Sunday morning a minivan crashed in Linn County leaving one dead and the driver was arrested.

A 1993 Toyota Pervia minivan was headed south on Peoria south of Nixon Drive when it failed to negotiate a left-hand curve and crashed on the side of the road.

The minivan rolled several times and one of the passengers, Zachary James Triplett, 19, of Harrisburg, was ejected and died at the scene.

The driver, Nicholas Norman, 20, of Harrisburg and two passengers, Turner Reed, 18, of Harrisburg, and Haley Hankinson, 18, of Junction City, were all taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police believe alcohol and drugs were factors in the crash. There is evidence to show that Norman was over twice the legal limit of alcohol and had used cocaine and marijuana. Norman was booked in the Linn County Hail on charges of second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Zachary James Triplett 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.

Posted on July 15, 2015, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, Drunk Driving, Oregon Car Accidents, personal injury, rollovers and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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