Salem hit-and-run yields lengthy charge sheet

A series of Oregon car accidents on Interstate-5 allegedly caused by a reckless driver near Salem “came to an end when (the driver) exited the freeway near milepost 239 at Dever-Conne, crashed into a guardrail and was pinned in by an OSP trooper’s patrol car,” according to the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

KOIN Television reports that the alleged driver was arrested “after numerous hit-and-runs and leading the police on a chase where speeds reached in excess of 100 mph.” The station adds that the driver is alleged to have initiated four hit-and-runs before police identified him and began what turned out to be a more than 40 mile chase down the interstate. Before being apprehended the suspect allegedly “rear-ended another car six miles from where he crashed into the guardrail,” the station notes.

If the allegations are true, it would be fairly difficult to find a more obvious case of Oregon reckless driving leading to significant Salem auto accidents. Situations like these almost require the assistance of an Oregon car crash attorney to help victims obtain the justice they want and need.

It is important, in this context, to understand the difference between criminal and civil courts. The driver in this case has been charged with felony attempt to elude in a vehicle, reckless driving, six counts of recklessly endangering another person and four counts of “failure to perform the duties of a driver involved in a property damage accident,” according to the Gazette-Times. These charges, while serious and appropriate, do nothing to make the alleged driver’s victims whole.

The assistance of a Salem car crash attorney is essential in situations such as this. Our civil courts exist for the purpose of helping victims of thee sort of crimes obtain a sense of justice that criminal courts by themselves rarely offer.

KOIN: Portland man arrested in I-5 chase that included hit-and-runs, speeds of 100 mph

Corvallis Gazette-Times: Man arrested after wild I-5 car chase