Portland, OR – Charles Hatfield of Salem Killed in Pedestrian Crash on I-5 near MM 229 by Corvallis-Lebanon Highway JunctionOregon Legal News
Portland, OR (July 30, 2022) – A man has lost his life following a pedestrian accident just after midnight on Friday, July 29. At approximately 12:02 a.m., the Oregon State police responded to a crash that occurred on Interstate 5.
Reports from authorities show that 45-year-old Charles Hatfield of Salem was walking on the southbound side of Interstate 5 during the early morning hours. For unknown reasons, he was struck by a van near mile marker 229.
The crash prompted the police and firefighters to close off Interstate 5 near the Corvallis Lebanon Highway Junction.
Hatfield suffered fatal injuries due to the motor vehicle accident. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The driver of the van, 39-year-old Poblano Lopez of Lynnwood, Washington, remained at the scene and spoke with police. He was not injured.
The crash is under investigation by the Oregon State police at this time.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family of Charles Hatfield at this time.
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Oregon
Each year, pedestrian crashes take the lives of thousands of people in the United States. Out of more than 7000 fatal pedestrian crashes reported in our country, the majority of them are a result of negligence.
Pedestrians are continually struck by drivers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol, under the influence or engaging in acts of negligence while behind the wheel. Pedestrians who are outside of vehicles stand little chance against massive vehicles traveling at high rates of speed down highways.
Fatal pedestrian accidents can completely disrupt your family’s life. Losing a loved one is not something that people have the ability to prepare for. However, filing a wrongful death claim after the accident can help your family gain a sense of peace of mind and closure moving forward. A wrongful death lawyer in Portland will be able to help you pursue legal action against the responsible driver.
At Kivel & Howard, our Portland personal injury lawyers have decades of experience helping families get justice. We have fought diligently to protect the rights of Oregonians who have been negatively affected by reckless drivers. Our lawyers are available to help you pursue legal action against the person who claimed your loved one’s life.
We will build a solid claim on your behalf and fight to help you get justice. Our lawyers will take legal action against the driver and force them to pay you the money that you need and deserve to cover funeral arrangements and more. Our Portland personal injury law firm can schedule a free consultation with you at your earliest convenience to get started. Our lawyers are available by calling (503) 796-0909 and (503) 802-4800. Contact Kivel & Howard today to see how we can help you get justice.
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