Amity Woman Dies in Highway 99W Head-on Crash

Date: December 21, 2015

Location: Highway 99W

Names: Terrence Chitwood, Kristyanne Devries, Doris Chitwood, Michael Miller, Lindsey Patterson

Amity Woman Dies in Highway 99W Head-on Crash

On Monday a woman died after a head-on crash along Highway 99W south of McMinnville.

A Ford Flex driven by Terrence Chitwood, 67, of Amity, was headed southbound on Highway 99W and crossed the center line and collided head-on with a Toyota Yaris.

The driver of the Yaris, Kristyanne Devries, 65, of Amity, suffered critical injuries and later died at OHSU.

Chitwood and his passenger, Doris Chitwood, 66, of Amity were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

A third vehicle driven by Michael Miller, 37, of Corvallis, was traveling behind the Yaris and collided with the Flex.

Miller and his passenger, Lindsey Patterson, 34, of Corvallis, both sustained minor injuries.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Kristyanne Devries 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 December 23, 2015, in Car Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, personal injury, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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