1 Driver Killed, 1 Arrested in Suspected DUI Crash
A suspected drunk driver was arrested on Tuesday night after a fatal car accident near Oregon City. 20-year-old Douglas Michael McCann was brought to Clackamas County Jail and charged with manslaughter, driving under the influence of intoxicants, criminal mischief, reckless driving, and reckless endangering. His bail was set at $277,500.
Clackamas County deputies were called shortly after 11 p.m. on reports of a car accident at the intersection of South Beavercreek and South Henrici roads, near Oregon City High School.
The first responding deputy discovered two cars. One of the vehicles was completely covered in flames. The deputy pulled one of the drivers from their vehicle and gave them CPR until medical responders arrived on the scene. That driver, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The other driver was McCann, who did not appear to have any injuries.
Legal Options For DUI Victims and Families in Michigan
Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps DUI victims and their families get the financial support they deserve following accidents. We’ve asked him to add some thoughts on the legal options available to DUI victims and the families of fatal accident victims:
When a drunk driver causes an accident that results in injury or death, it’s important for the victims to get the support they need. Like all other states, Michigan residents may have the option to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the drunk driver. In addition, Michigan and many other states have dram shop laws which allow third parties to be held liable for providing alcohol to the drunk driver if that driver was under age 21 or already visibly intoxicated.
For example, imagine that Bob visits a bar and has several drinks. Eventually, he begins falling off his stool and slurring his words, but the bartender continues to serve him alcohol. Bob then leaves the bar and causes a drunk driving accident, injuring Tom. Tom would likely have a strong case for a lawsuit against both Bob and the bar that continued to serve Bob after he’d become visibly intoxicated.
If you or someone you love was hit by a drunk driver, you’re likely facing many personal and financial difficulties. If you’d like to learn more about your legal options, we recommend speaking with an experienced DUI victims lawyer.
The Intersection of S. Beavercreek and S. Henrici