Driver Arrested For DUI After Fatally Striking Construction Flagger
Oregon State Police say a drunk driver hit and killed a construction flagger along Route 11 on August 14. The accident occurred at around 8:40 p.m. near Athena, Oregon, and south of Walla Walla, Washington. Construction flagger Tyresa Monaghan had stopped a vehicle for a repaving project when a 2005 Chrysler minivan being driven by 76-year-old Keman Bledsoe sideswiped the stopped vehicle and crashed into Monaghan. Monaghan died at the scene.
Bledsoe continued driving through the construction zone and eventually stopped about a mile later. He was brought to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, treated, released, and jailed. Bledsoe faces charges of DUI, 2 counts of Reckless Endanger Another Person, Reckless Driving, Fail to perform the duties of a driver, and Reckless Endanger a Highway Worker. Additional charges are pending.
Drunk Driving Victim Lawsuits In Oregon
Discussion on the legal options for drunk driving victims from attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney:
When an innocent victim is injured in an accident caused by another negligent driver, that victim should be aware of how the legal system can help them. Driving drunk is a clear example of negligent driving. Even though we all know of the dangers of drunk driving, countless individuals still make the choice to drive drunk every day. This reckless decision often results in serious accidents and injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by a drunk driver, you may have the option to file a lawsuit against both the drunk driver and the alcohol vendor or social host who served them. In Oregon, dram shop laws allow vendors like bars and restaurants to be held liable for serving visibly intoxicated customers if one of those customers causes an injury because they were intoxicated, such as a drunk driving accident.
Additionally, Oregon allows social hosts (such as private party hosts) to be held liable if they serve alcohol to a visibly intoxicated or underage guest who injures someone that night.
Establishing who may be held liable for your accident and determining how much financial compensation you could qualify for will require a review of your case by an experienced DUI accident victims lawyer.
Oregon Route 11 Near Athena