UPDATE: Fatal Crash on Foster Road Kills One Person Early Sunday Morning

The driver killed early Sunday morning has been identified as 47-year-old John Wesley Ritter.

The other driver involved in the crash, 18-year-old Sean Kyler Olsen, remains in a Portland hospital being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Traffic investigators learned that Olsen was driving a 2015 Kia Sorrento eastbound on Foster Road and crossed the centerline, crashing head-on into Ritter, who was driving a 2000 GMC Jimmy.

The investigation is continuing and once complete it will be given to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office for review.

Anyone with information about the crash should contact Officer Chris Johnson at 503-823-2213, chris.johnson@portlandoregon.gov.

This is the 18th fatal traffic crash of 2016.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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On Sunday April 24, 2016, at 3:51 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a traffic crash on Southeast Foster Road in the area of 134th Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located both drivers, one of whom was deceased. The other was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital and is expected to survive.

The Traffic Divsion’s Major Crash Team responded to the scene and is investigating the crash.

Foster Road was closed for several hours as a result of this crash.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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:

  • 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 April 25, 2016, in Car Accidents, Portland personal injury attorneys, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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