Portland, OR – One Killed in Head-On Crash on Highway 99E near Quail St
Portland, OR (April 19, 2021) – One person has lost their life following a motor vehicle accident in the Portland area on Friday evening. At around 8:30 p.m., on April 16, the Oregon State Police responded to the scene of a traffic-related incident on Highway 99E.
Reports from authorities show that a man was driving a Ford F-150 on Quail Street when he turned his vehicle onto Highway 99E and crashed into a Honda Civic.
The driver of the Honda sustained fatal injuries in the accident and was declared deceased at the scene. The driver of the pickup truck, 46-year-old Lazaro Gutierrez-Velasco, was apprehended and charged with DUII, Manslaughter, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment, and Criminal Mischief. At this time, investigations surrounding the accident are underway.
We would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims who lost their lives in this accident. Our thoughts are with them at this time.
Fatal Car Accidents in Oregon
Each year, more than 500 people lose their lives in vehicle collisions throughout the state of Oregon. These accidents often take place unexpectedly, leaving families to endure the overwhelming mental and emotional pain and suffering they bring. Quite often, families have a challenging time moving forward. Accepting the loss of a loved one is difficult under any circumstance. Knowing your loved one lost their life due to the negligence of another person just makes it even more difficult.
Regrettably, around 80% of vehicle collisions are a result of driver action. When drivers are distracted, impaired, or engage in reckless behaviors while operating their vehicles, they are likely to cause accidents with overwhelming consequences. Not only are bereaved families forced to endure the emotional challenges of losing a loved one, but they are often forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars on funeral expenses, tackle burial costs, and move forward without an income they have grown to depend on. When victims lose their lives in accidents due to the negligence of others, it is crucial that their families seek the legal guidance of a wrongful death attorney in Oregon as soon as possible. Working with a reputable and responsive legal team is a family’s best bet for recovering.
The Oregon car accident attorneys at Kivel & Howard have decades of combined experience working with families in the aftermath of fatal collisions. Our team strives to help families protect their legal rights moving forward. We keep the best interests of our clients in mind as we put together the strongest legal claim possible to present their case and fight to get them the justice they deserve. If your loved one has lost their life in a collision, and you believe negligence played a role, contact our personal injury attorneys in Oregon at your earliest convenience. Our team can be reached at (503) 796-0909 or (503) 802-4800. We are available to meet with you and discuss legal options available to help you recover. Don’t wait. Call us today to see how we can help you.
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