Newberg Bicyclist Killed in Collision with Vehicle

Date: September 8, 2015

Location: North Valley Road

Names: Tara Janel Manitsas, David Lee Manitsas, Nancy Rae Faunt

Newberg Bicyclist Killed in Collision with Vehicle

Tuesday evening a Newberg woman was struck and killed by a car while riding a bicycle.

Tara Janel Manitsas, 44, of Newberg, and her husband, David Lee Manitsas, 60, were riding side-by-side on North Valley Road near Dopp Road. A 2007 Toyota RAV4 traveling in the same direction struck the two bicyclists and carried them on the hood of the SUV about 100 feet before the driver stopped.

Tara Manitsas was pronounced dead at the scene and David Manitsas was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

The Toyota driver, Nancy Rae Faunt, 71, of Gaston, is cooperating with investigators.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Tara Manitsas and wish David Manitsas 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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