Three Dead in Yamhill County Head-On Crash

Photo: Oregon State Police

Photo: Oregon State Police

Date: March 1, 2016

Location: Yamhill County, Ore. Highway 47

Names: Teven Ray Stone, Jennifer A. Heath, Johnny E. Highley & Jeff Morgan

Yamhill County, Ore. Highway 47

At approximately 4:30 a.m. on March 1. 2016 emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 47 near milepost 37.

Upon arrival, emergency crews determined that three adults in a 1992 Honda Accord were deceased. The vehicle was heavily damaged in the collision. Also in the Accord was a four-year old critically injured child. The child was taken by ambulance to Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville and transferred to Oregon Health & Science University for life threatening injuries.

Oregon State Police investigators preliminary investigation determined that the Honda Accord was traveling northbound on Highway 47 when it drifted across the center-line into the path of a southbound 2008 GMC pickup. The driver of the Honda Accord, Teven Ray Stone, 24 of Sheridan, Oregon, right front passenger, Jenifer A. Heath, 39 of McMinnville and rear passenger, Johnny E. Highley, age 45 all died at the accident scene. Several of the occupants in the Honda appeared to not be wearing seat-belts.

The driver of the pickup, Jeff Morgan, 64 of Yamhill, Oregon was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

We extend our condolences to the families and friends of Teven Ray Stone, Jennifer A. Heath & Johnny E Highley.

It is important in an accident like this to protect the rights of the deceased and their families.

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.


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 March 1, 2016, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, Injuries to Children and Minors, Oregon Car Accidents, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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