1 Dead, 4 injured in crash at the intersection of 157th & Halsey

Photo: 157th & Halsey Feb 13, 2016 (PF&R)

Photo: 157th & Halsey Feb 13, 2016 (PF&R)

PORTLAND, Ore. – According to Portland Police, at 5:31 a.m. February 13th David Saucedo hit another vehicle the impact killing Peter West Gefre, 26 who was a passenger in Saucedo’s car. The crash also injured the driver of the other vehicle. The accident occurred at the intersection of 157th & Halsey. David Saucedo fled the scene of the fatal multi-car accident.

Investigators identified the fleeing driver as David Saucedo, 36. He was quickly identified through his driver’s license which was left at the scene of the accident. David Saucedo is currently wanted on felony hit and run charges. Peter West Gefre, 26 of Gresham was pronounced dead at the scene. The other 4 injured were 18-year-old Elizabeth Tate, 26-year-old Nicholas Bennett, 40-year-old Michael Genuine and 32-year-old Gabriel Mata.

According to investigators, David Saucedo was traveling northbound on 157th and failed to stop for a stop sign and crashed into a pickup truck that was traveling eastbound on Halsey. Saucedo’s vehicle had four passengers one of which was killed in the accident. One other passenger attempted to flee the scene but was later found close by needing medical attention. The pickup truck driving eastbound on Halsey was occupied by only the driver who was also injured. In all one person died at the scene and four others were injured in this horrific accident.

The police are asking for anyone with information on this crash and David Saucedo’s whereabouts to please call (503) 823-3333.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Peter West Gefre.

Oregon wrongful death claims are allowed under ORS 30.020, 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.

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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 February 15, 2016, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, personal injury, Portland personal injury attorneys, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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