Date: February 27, 2013
Location: Highway 101, Arch Cape
Name: Connie Marie Peterman, Jeffrey Jay Schwietert
Connie Marie Peterman, 61, of Kirkland, Wash., was walking along Highway 101 in the early afternoon last Wednesday. She was walking in the curb side of the highway when for unknown reasons, she left the curb and stepped into the traffic lane. She was then hit by a 2013 Dodge Challenger driven by Jeffrey Jay Schwietert, age 29, of Cannon Beach. He was traveling in the northbound lane of the highway and was reportedly unable to avoid Peterman when she stepped into traffic. Peterman died at the scene of the accident.
Peterman was from out of town and was reported to be staying with an area relative. The driver of the vehicle that hit her was not injured in the collision.
At this time, the accident is still under investigation by Oregon State Police. They were assisted at the scene of the accident by Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, Cannon Beach Police Department, Cannon Beach Fire & Rescue, Medix Ambulance and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friend of Connie Marie Peterman. Our deepest condolences and thoughts are with you as you grieve for your loss.
Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable on the road, as cars are so much heavier. In many cases, pedestrians hit by cars are seriously injured or even killed. And, in many cases, the driver is at fault. While this is not always true (sometimes pedestrians cross without a crosswalk, or run out into the street, etc.), in cases where the driver IS at fault, the driver’s auto insurance should compensate the injury victim.
First, in Oregon, according to ORS 742.520, the driver’s personal injury protection (PIP) should cover the injured person’s initial medical bills and lost wages. If these damages exceed the PIP limits (usually $15,000, the requirement in Oregon), then the at-fault driver’s liability insurance should cover the rest of the damages in a personal injury settlement.
If you are interested in discussing whether you might have a pedestrian accident call, call a Portland pedestrian accident attorney for help and a free consultation.