Joseph A. Dauenhauer Killed by Suspected Intoxicated Driver











Date: February 27, 2016

Newport, Ore. – Joseph A. Dauenhauer suffered fatal injuries after the vehicle he was driving in on Highway 20 was struck head-on by a Subaru driven by 32-year-old Jennifer R. Rozewski, of Waldport who investigators believe was intoxicated at the time of the accident. 


Jennifer Rozewski Charged With Second-Degree Manslaughter & Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (Photo: Oregon State Police)

According to investigators, Joseph A. Dauenhauer’s pickup truck was hit head-on by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants. The driver of the other vehicle Jennifer R. Rozewski was arrested on charges of second-degree manslaughter and driving under the influence of intoxicants.


Investigators believe alcohol or other intoxicants may have been a contributing factor to this fatal accident. According to Lt. Bill Fugate of Oregon State Police, a Subaru driven by Jennifer R. Rozewski, traveling eastbound on Highway 20 crossed the center line shortly after midnight on Saturday morning, colliding head-on with 52-year-old Joseph A. Dauenhauer’s pickup which was traveling westbound.

Joseph Dauenhauer was taken to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, where he later died as a result of his catastrophic injuries.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Joseph Dauenhauer.

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 February 28, 2016, in Car Accidents, Drunk Driving, Oregon Car Accidents, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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