Major Crash Team Investigating Fatal Crash on Southeast Holgate Boulevard

49-year-old Theodore Swan, a passenger involving in this serious crash, died on Monday April 25 at a Portland hospital. The driver, 28-year-old Christopher Allen Schmidt, remains in the hospital receiving medical treatment for serious injuries. The third injured person, 25-year-old Amanda Atkinson, has been released from the hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Traffic Division officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this morning’s crash on Holgate Boulevard.

Investigators have learned that 28-year-old Christopher Allen Schmidt was driving a tan 1994 Honda Accord westbound on Holgate at a high rate of speed when he ran the red light at 92nd Avenue, colliding with two other vehicles on the roadway.

Schmidt was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to serious, but not life-threatening injuries. His front passenger, 25-year-old Amanda Atkinson, was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries. The rear passenger, 49-year-old Theodore Swan, was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers learned that the car Schmidt was driving was reported stolen.

The first car Schmidt struck was a black 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser, being driven southbound on 92nd Avenue by 45-year-old Brad Luker. Neither he nor his passenger, 41-year-old Anna Benz, required transport to a hospital.

The second car Schmidt struck was a red 1993 Honda Civic, driven by 28-year-old Jamien Zapata. Zapata was stopped at the red light facing eastbound on Holgate at the time of the crash. Zapata was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for a serious, but not life-threatening injury. Neither of his passengers, 36-year-old Joshua Koulavong or 18-year-old Jasmine Guerrero, suffered any serious injuries.

No arrests have been made or citations issued as the investigation into the crash is continuing. The driver of the stolen Honda, Christopher Schmidt, is expected to face charges after the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office presents the case to a Grand Jury.

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On Friday April 22, 2016, at 2:39 a.m., an East Precinct officer on patrol spotted a speeding car in the area of Southeast 94th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard being driven westbound on Holgate.

The officer, who was driving eastbound, turned around and began to follow the vehicle, a gold Honda. As soon as the officer activated the police lights to stop the driver, the driver sped away and moments later ran a red light at Southeast 92nd Avenue and became involved in a collision with two other vehicles.

Multiple people involved in the crash have been transported by ambulance to Portland hospitals for treatment. One patient is suffering from potentially life-threatening injuries.

The officer learned after the crash that the car was stolen.

The Traffic Division’s Major Crash Team is responding to conduct a crash investigation.

Traffic in the area of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard will be affected for several hours due to this crash.

There will be no further updates until late-Friday morning.

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49-year-old Theodore Swan, a passenger involving in this serious crash, died on Monday April 25 at a Portland hospital. The driver, 28-year-old Christopher Allen Schmidt, remains in the hospital receiving medical treatment for serious injuries. The third injured person, 25-year-old Amanda Atkinson, has been released from the hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Traffic Division officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this morning’s crash on Holgate Boulevard.

Investigators have learned that 28-year-old Christopher Allen Schmidt was driving a tan 1994 Honda Accord westbound on Holgate at a high rate of speed when he ran the red light at 92nd Avenue, colliding with two other vehicles on the roadway.

Schmidt was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to serious, but not life-threatening injuries. His front passenger, 25-year-old Amanda Atkinson, was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries. The rear passenger, 49-year-old Theodore Swan, was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers learned that the car Schmidt was driving was reported stolen.

The first car Schmidt struck was a black 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser, being driven southbound on 92nd Avenue by 45-year-old Brad Luker. Neither he nor his passenger, 41-year-old Anna Benz, required transport to a hospital.

The second car Schmidt struck was a red 1993 Honda Civic, driven by 28-year-old Jamien Zapata. Zapata was stopped at the red light facing eastbound on Holgate at the time of the crash. Zapata was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for a serious, but not life-threatening injury. Neither of his passengers, 36-year-old Joshua Koulavong or 18-year-old Jasmine Guerrero, suffered any serious injuries.

No arrests have been made or citations issued as the investigation into the crash is continuing. The driver of the stolen Honda, Christopher Schmidt, is expected to face charges after the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office presents the case to a Grand Jury.

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On Friday April 22, 2016, at 2:39 a.m., an East Precinct officer on patrol spotted a speeding car in the area of Southeast 94th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard being driven westbound on Holgate.

The officer, who was driving eastbound, turned around and began to follow the vehicle, a gold Honda. As soon as the officer activated the police lights to stop the driver, the driver sped away and moments later ran a red light at Southeast 92nd Avenue and became involved in a collision with two other vehicles.

Multiple people involved in the crash have been transported by ambulance to Portland hospitals for treatment. One patient is suffering from potentially life-threatening injuries.

The officer learned after the crash that the car was stolen.

The Traffic Division’s Major Crash Team is responding to conduct a crash investigation.

Traffic in the area of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard will be affected for several hours due to this crash.

There will be no further updates until late-Friday morning.

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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.

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