***Update*** Teenager Loses Life In Collision On Highway 47 – Yamhill County
OSP is continuing the investigation into last week’s fatal crash on Highway 47. The third driver involved with the incident has been identified as Andrea AUSMUS, age 33, of Yamhill, OR. The investigation has revealed AUSMUS was driving a 2011 Dodge Caravan northbound on Highway 47 when she drifted over the centerline.
Stephanie CADD was traveling southbound in a 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser and attempted to maneuver to avoid colliding with AUSMUS’ vehicle. CADD’s vehicle was struck by a 2001 Toyota Camry leading to the death of a 14 year old passenger in the Chrysler.
AUSMUS did not stop at the scene of the crash but later contacted law enforcement and has been cooperating with the investigation. This is an going investigation and once completed it will be referred to the Yamhill County District Attorney’s Office for review. No further information to be released at this time.
On April 6, 2016 at about 4:05 PM, OSP Troopers responded to the report of a serious injury collision involving two vehicles on Highway 47 near milepost 29 (south of Gaston).
Initial investigation reveals that a 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser was traveling southbound on Highway 47 when it swerved to avoid a collision with a northbound vehicle that had entered its lane. The Chrysler began to slide sideways and traveled into the northbound lane where it was struck on the passenger side by a northbound 2001 Toyota Camry.
The driver of the Toyota, Jill D YODER, age 57, of Hillsboro, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Chyrsler, Stephanie D CADD, age 18, of Hillsboro, was transported to the hospital by air ambulance with critical injuries. CADD’s passenger, a 14 year old female, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The operator of the vehicle that crossed into the oncoming lane in front of CADD called law enforcement and reported they may have been involved with the crash. The subject was contacted by law enforcement and is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.
HWY 47 was closed for approximately 4 and half hours.
OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, Yamhill Police Department, ODOT, Yamhill Fire Department, Gaston Fire Department, McMinnville Fire Department, Metro West Ambulance, and Oregon Life Guard (air ambulance).
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those involved in this accident. This was a terrible accident, and we hope everyone involved in the crash knows that there are thinking of their families for those lives lost and a lot of people wishing the survivors a speedy recovery.
The period after an accident like this can be a very confusing and challenging time especially when friends and family may be involved. We feel fortunate to be able to provide victims of these types of accidents with resources that help navigate these challenging and trying times. We hope these resources help answer some of the difficult questions you have after an accident and how mounting medical bills or a wrongful death can be addressed.
This is a sensitive time for all those involved but it is important to remember that the lives of those left behind must be protected to the fullest extent of the law.
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:
- Children (including stepchildren)
- Parents (including stepparents)
Less common claimants include:
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.